Values and Ethos

Statement of British Values

The DfE have recently 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 Bawtry Mayflower Primary School we value the diversity and differences of all our pupils and celebrate this through our culture, ethos and the respectful relationships we promote. Our values are evident in and promoted through our school curriculum and our school learning powers:

  • Be collaborative; 
  • Be courageous; 
  • Be determined; 
  • Be responsible.

Remembrance Day is commemorated annually and the children in Year 6 lead KS1 and KS2 in an act of remembrance. Significant National events such as the Royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Golden Jubilee and the Olympic Games were all celebrated in school. Within our curriculum children learn about the lives of some significant people and events in British history. We have very close links with the Church community in Bawtry and the whole school visits Church for special services at Christmas, Easter and harvest.


All children are treated fairly and have an equal right to express their views and be listened to. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our regular Pupil Voice sessions. 

Children are involved in school improvement through pupil questionnaires and discussions about their learning. All children in school were given the opportunity to develop our strapline - Believe. Achieve. Succeed. - following a request from Governors.


Our school rules are based on respect and are consistently reinforced during lessons, assemblies and in the way we deal with any incidents of poor behaviour. Children are involved in establishing our behaviour policy.


There are many opportunities within the school day for children to make choices and exercise their personal freedom. Children are supported and encouraged to manage their own behaviour and make good choices. Through assemblies and PSHE children learn about their personal freedoms and take part in discussions about how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety and road safety. Children have opportunities to make choices in their learning, choose from a range of staff led clubs and choose playtime activities.


Children enjoy lessons and are active learners who display good behaviour because they understand the right of all children to learn and thrive in an atmosphere of mutual respect. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our Behaviour Policy and school rules. Children understand that they are expected to treat the opinions and views of others with respect, even if they differ from their own. Adults in school model mutual respect in their conversations and actions towards the children and towards one another.


From their first day in school children are supported to develop the language to express their views, emotions and feelings so that children are able to negotiate with their peers and resolve any disagreements peacefully. We actively seek opportunities through our school curriculum to enhance pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Assemblies are broadly Christian and are led on a weekly basis by members of our local Churches. Other assemblies focus on themes around prejudice, fairness, tolerance and empathy.

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