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Our Lady and St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School Part of the Stella Maris Catholic Federation

British Values

British Values at our Lady & St Patrick's

In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.


The Key Values are:


  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

British Values at Our Lady & St Patrick's

Our School Council


Our school Council plays an active role as part of Maryport's Joint School Council Group. They work closely with school councils from all our local Primary Schools, taking part in regular meetings where they represent our school.


Our School Council visited the Town Council chambers, where they met the Mayor. The Mayor told us how our local council looks after our town.

Please follow the link below, to find out more about our School Council

Using 'Picture News' to support British Values at Our Lady & St Patrick's


We use 'Picture News' weekly in school, as a stimulus for assembly and discussion about current affairs, with direct links to British Values.


Picture News provides a different focus each week, in the form of a powerful image and 'Big Question'. These form the basis for whole-school assembly & class discussion, where children are encouraged to consider, discuss and express their own ideas around these issues.


Please follow the link below to the Picture News area of our website, to see examples of the weekly images and themes.

We are a Picture News Advocate School!

We have been using Picture News in school for several years now. Each Friday morning, we share the Picture News in classes, using the excellent online resources. The children - of all ages - engage really well with the images and the topics covered; the topics are always really current and relevant.


We also have a prominent display in the entrance to school, which shows the 'Big Picture' for each week and asks the children for their ideas or comments about this. 


In addition, we share the Weekly Picture News with our families at home through our weekly bulletin and via our school website, so the issues can also be considered and discussed at home.  


Picture News is a wonderful resource, which helps us to deliver much of the work we do in school on British Values, and also helps us to support our children in considering the key issues of the day.

British Values for Children through Picture News

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Picture News & Links to British Values