British Values and Ethos

We treat the children at Netley Abbey Junior School as if they were what they ought to be and in doing so, we help them to become what they are capable of being.

Our teaching of British Values encompasses this positive and important ethos.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance

All members of our school community treat one another with mutual respect and these are expressed through our vision, allowing every school member to ‘be the best you can be’. Our use of CLIC and our behaviour policy promote our goal to ensure all children leave Netley Abbey Junior School as well-rounded citizens, who are ready to embrace the opportunities of the wider world. We actively promote diversity, through celebration of different faiths and cultures in school assemblies and in our lessons across the whole curriculum.

Individual Liberty

Our pupils are actively encouraged to make good choices, knowing they are in a safe and secure environment with clear boundaries and a positive ethos. The children learn to make these informed choices through an empowering education; within this education, we teach PSHE as it matches our approach to personalised learning and understanding the particular needs of our children in Netley Abbey.

Further to this, our teachers ensure that all children access the curriculum and make excellent progress to ‘be the best you can be’. This is achieved through careful, personalised planning, teaching and assessment. Some children require extra help, interventions or work to extend their ability and teachers plan for this. Within this subject, we cover a range of topics from finding out about jobs and the workplace to dealing with different relationships throughout life. We also ensure regular Circle Time sessions take place, so that all children feel safe and that they have another opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings in a comfortable, non-judgemental environment.

The thread of British Values runs through all of our curriculum topics. There are a number of examples of this, including; our RE curriculum, which celebrates different cultures and beliefs, through the children’s exploration of a range of religions. In addition, our Computing curriculum ensures that E-safety is taught regularly and is revisited every year, due to the rapid changes in technology.


Each year, the children choose two class representatives as School Council Member and Vice. All children are given an opportunity to express why they should be chosen and votes are taken by the class to establish these roles. Our School Council help us to steer the school in making important decisions from being involved in the interview process for new members of staff, to feeding back about food and snack choices in our school kitchen!

To further develop a sense of democracy and responsibility, our Year 6 children are actively encouraged to apply for the position of House Captain for each of our four houses: Moons, Comets, Stars and Asteroids.

The Rule of Law

The laws in our school and country keep us all safe, secure and happy. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as our local PCSOs and other emergency services help reinforce this message. The law says we have to attend school every day and we actively promote this through our positive attendance procedures, alongside the children themselves, parents and carers. As staff, we have a duty of care to protect all of the children and we follow our school policies and model our school vision and ethos consistently to reflect this.