At Whitegate School social, moral, spiritual and cultural development and our Christian values are strengthened as our curriculum enables the children to understand the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of the laws, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. As the Christian faith has been the driving force in our education and legal system for centuries and have made their mark on our British history, these values are intrinsically bound together.
Throughout school, you will see a variety of teaching and learning opportunities which enable our children to understand:
"See I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. Now choose life that you and your children may live." (Deuteronomy 30:15-19)
This can be seen in action through our School Council; ensuring all pupils are listened to, for example through the use of 'Worry Boxes'; and, holding mock elections.
2. The rule of law
"Let everyone ne subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established." (Romans 13:1)
This is demonstrated by classes creating 'class rules'; having a clear behaviour policy which is known and understood; and, organising visits from the police service, for example through the topic, 'People who help us' in our Acorns Class.
3. Individual liberty
"Freedom is what we have—Christ has set us free!" (Galatians 5:1)
Our Collective Worship encourages children to realise that they are significant, unique and precious individuals. The book 'Only One Me' in our Reflection Area is a tool used to portray this message.
4. Mutual respect
"Be devoted to one another. Love one another above yourselves." (Romans 12:10)
At Whitegate School there are 'no outsiders'. Everyone is welcomed and everyone's opinion is valued. We support numerous charities such as, The Joshua Tree, Save the Children and Chester Aid to the Homeless. We also have growing links with our link school in Nyakabungo, Uganda.
5. Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
"Do not judge others and you will not be judged." (Matthew 7:1)
Our RE sheme of work provides pupils with a deep understanding and awareness of the faith and traditions of religious communities. Children in Reception learn about Chinese New Year; Judaism, Islam and Hinduism are learnt about in other year groups enriched with visits and visitors.
Through our school values and our 'No Outsiders' work, our children have an understanding of equality and how others should be treated. Our school provides a safe place for pupils to discuss, challenge and form their own opinions and values. This empowers them to tackle prejudice, improve relationships and promote their emotional well-being. Weekly 'My Happy Mind' sessions also prioritises mental well-being and positive well-being habits.