British Values

'Believe, Achieve, Succeed' underpins the Vision Statement of Copley Junior School.

 At Copley Junior School we are committed to the academic, personal, social, moral and emotional development of all our pupils. Our school is a safe, caring, stimulating learning environment where the effort and achievement of every single child is celebrated and valued. In working closely with pupils, parents and the wider community, our staffing team encourages children to develop into confident and compassionate young people with a strong sense of belonging. All pupils experience a relevant, vibrant and broad curriculum that supports and challenges them to reach their full potential. We aim to nurture motivated learners who have the self belief and independence to achieve excellence and succeed.


Copley Junior School Values and British Values

At Copley Junior School we ensure that through our school vision, values, rules, curriculum and teaching we promote tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles.

We have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe. We value the importance of the current Ofsted guidance that through their provision of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education, “schools should:

  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
  • encourage respect for other people; and
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.” (Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools, November 2014)

To read our 'Promoting British Values' Policy, please click here.


Please find below our 2019-2020 British Values Statement. This provides an overview of our coverage of British Values and the impact this has had.


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cutural Development

To find more information about how we promote fundamental British Values as part of SMSC, please visit our 'SMSC' page by clicking here.


The Prevent Strategy

All schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from other dangers e.g. drugs.

The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect. The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.

To read a parents' pamphlet about the Prevent strategy, please click here.

The 'Educate Against Hate' website provides useful guidance and resources. To visit this site, please click here.


Examples of how we promote British Values at Copley Junior School

Remembrance Day

Each year children and all members of our school community have opportunity to buy a poppy and support the charity appeal for the British Legion. At 11am on the 11th November we observe the two minute silence as part of a whole school assembly.

Every child in school contributed to our Remembrance Day display by writing on a poppy. Children's poetry and writing also contributed to our display.

Year 6 - 'A Child's War'

Our Year 6 pupils study what life was like during World War II during their creative learning project 'A Child's War'. The children have worked in pairs to create poetry on the theme of war and evacuation and we have shared some of the poems below.

Remembrance Day

Children in the School Council prepared and led our assembly for Remembrance Day.

The School Council placed remembrance pebbles around the school grounds. If children found a remembrance pebble, they could take a moment to think about all the people in the armed forces and their families. Once children had had their moment with the pebble, they could choose to either leave the pebble for another child to find so they could have a moment to remember, or they could keep the pebble.

Year 3 - Ancient Greece

As part of their study of Ancient Greece our Year 3 children learn about the start of democracy in the early 500s BC.

Year 6 - 'Crucial Crew'

Our annual Year 6 'Crucial Crew' visit enables our Year 6 pupils to work with South Yorkshire Police to learn more about the rule of law and the rights and responsibilities of people in society. This included taking on the roles in a courtroom scenario and visiting a prison cell.

Our House Leaders have prepared PowerPoints to explain how British Values are taught at Copley Junior and they have enjoyed sharing these in our whole school assemblies.

Celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday

We had a lovely day in school to celebrate The Queen's 90th birthday. Children dressed smartly for a Garden Party and our kitchen team prepared a delicious picnic bag for each child.  Unfortunately the great British weather defeated our plan to have a street party picnic lunch outside, but it did not spoil the atmosphere inside the school hall! Thank you to the CSA who funded a commemorative coin for each child to mark this historic occasion. We had a huge number of creative designs for our competition to  design a birthday card for Her Majesty. Pictured below is one of our two winners, whose cards were posted to Buckingham Palace. We were delighted to receive a card and letter from Buckingham Palace thanking the children for their cards.

In our R.E. lessons we learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.

Year 4 - Sikhism

In Year 4, Harpinder visits every year to help us learn about the Sikh faith. In the gallery of photographs below, children learned about the 5Ks and what is special about a Sikh wedding.

Visit to the Sikh Gurdwara

Year 4 were warmly welcomed to the Sikh Gurdwara in Doncaster. Children learned so much from their visit and children were praised by the Sikh faith leaders for their interest and the huge amount of knowledge they already had. Following our visit to the prayer hall, where the book of Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib is kept, children enjoyed the 'Langar'. The community kitchen in a Gurdwara is where a free meal is served to all visitors. We learned the free meal is always vegetarian so it is suitable for all visitors. At Langar, all people eat a meal as equals.

The video clip below shows the Kirtan - the singing of hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib.

Imam Omar Visits Year 5

Year 5 have been learning about the key beliefs of Islam and the impact these beliefs have on the life of a Muslim. We were delighted that Imam Omar was able to visit to help us learn more about the five pillars of Islam, the importance of the pilgrimage to Hajj and the key features of Ramadan and the festival of Eid al-Fitr. We were very impressed with the children's thoughtful questions, so many thanks to Imam Omar. 

Our Global Community - Whole School Home Learning Project

In order to learn more about the diversity within our school community, we set children across school the challenge of finding out more about their family tree. We hoped to make the children aware of their identity within our local community, the national community and the wider world around us. We asked children to find out about their family background including finding out if anyone from their family was born in another part of the UK or another country, and if they had lived anywhere else but the Doncaster area. The quality of work produced by the children is wonderful! Children shared their work in class and located the counties and countries involved.  The children's fantastic work will be celebrated in a new central display in school to allow us all to learn more about each other and celebrate the diversity in our identities.

We found that, within our school community, we have many links to the wider world. Our families have links to many countries, including: Mauritius, Lithuania, the Ukraine, Scotland, Bhusawal in India, Canada, Lushun Province in China, Guyana, the Philippines, Kerala in India, Ireland, Thailand, Hyderabad in India, California, Karachi in Pakistan, Vietnam, Belgium, Wales, Iran, Australia, Budapest in Hungary, New Zealand, Germany, Bosnia, the Falklands Islands and Spain!