Harold Court Primary School

Church Road, Romford, Essex, RM3 0SH


British Values at Harold Court Primary School

 The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

 At Harold Court Primary these values are reinforced regularly through the concept of our Core Value ‘learning crowns’ and in the following ways:


Democracy is embedded within the life of the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Parliament and Pupil Questionnaires. Our school Positive learning and behaviour policy involves class rules. We have also created our own core values as a school and these are on display around the school – these are qualities we strive to live out each and every day at Harold Court.

 The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that the class and the school abide by are consistently reinforced by all during every school day. Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws and rules with this comes an understanding which is reinforced of the consequences of these being broken. Visits from pillars of the community such as the Police; Fire Service etc. are part of our curriculum and help to reinforce this message.

 Individual Liberty:

Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for the children to make safe choices, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. At the core we discuss regularly the golden rule of ‘keeping our hands and our feet to ourselves’ no matter if the child is 4 or 11. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. These sessions provides all children and adults a safe platform from which children can express their views about a range of issues, knowing that these views will be respected and listened to.

 Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and approach revolves around kindness towards all and a set of Core Values which make up our ‘learning crowns’ such as ‘Respect’ have been formulated and agreed by the children. An ethos of mutual respect between all aspects of the school community resonates throughout and is developed at any given opportunity. Children have also access to emotions boxes in every classroom where they are able to update staff with their feelings so that necessary discussion or action can take place – this of course will be in partnership with our parents and carers.

 Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. The school gives high profile to the range of languages spoken in classes. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.