Brunel Academies Trust

British Values

At Exeter House School, we develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum.

“We want every school to promote the basic British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.” Lord Nash

A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain. We do this through themed assemblies, guest speakers and visits. 

The British Values are:

  • The Rule of Law

  • Democracy

  • Individual Liberty

  • Mutual Respect

  • Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs

How we meet the British Values at Exeter House School

The Rule of Law

  • Students are taught the values and reasons behind laws and that they govern and protect us
  • Students have regular opportunities to reflect e.g. learning, their behaviour, during assemblies and collective worship
  • Students survey on perceptions of safety
  • Visits from the local police to aid teaching about being a good British citizen
  • Class rules devised by students


  • Students involved in democratic processes e.g. choosing house names, school councillors, rewards and incentives
  • An active and effective school council
  • Students act as ambassadors of the school e.g. mayor making event
  • Democracy linked assemblies e.g. general election
  • Lessons on voting and being part of a democratic society

Personal Responsibility and Individual Liberty

  • Students are taught to make choices that consider the needs of others
  • Wherever possible, students are given choices in order to have control over key aspects of their lives
  • Person-centred reviews and learning pathways involve students in their own annual reviews
  • We nurture an understanding, that in order to protect our most vulnerable students , the extent of their liberty is carefully managed
  • Students have access to a yearly course entitled ‘Preparing for your Community’ and cover Personal Rights and Responsibilities in their lessons

Mutual Respect

  • Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) is taught across all year groups
  • Positive relationships are encouraged and modelled
  • Assemblies are used to encourage students to recognise the achievements of others
  • Sports competitions against other schools
  • SMSC thought of the week is shared with all students and encouraging mutually respectful behaviour
  • The school supports many different local and international charities

Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs

  • RE Curriculum
  • Cultural theme weeks
  • Festival assembly celebrations
  • Mindfulness during collective worship
  • Cross-curricular links throughout the equals curriculum
  • Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences
  • Taught about tolerating differences in people
  • Students are encouraged to ensure their actions do not cause deliberate harm or distress to others