We promote British values through PSHCE, the school’s Pax Christi program and our reward system. We:
- enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
- enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
- further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
- encourage respect for other people; and
- encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
Trinity Catholic School is passionately committed to modelling, teaching and upholding fundamentally British values. As a Catholic school, we hold that all persons are created equal in the sight of God, and that all are endowed with human rights that uphold the inherent dignity of the person. We are guided in doctrine by the words of Nostra Aetate (1965):
The Church reproves, as foreign to the mind of Christ, any discrimination or harassment because of race, colour, condition of life, or religion.
This view is not only a central pillar of Catholic belief, but also an important foundation for what are now termed fundamental British values in practice in a Catholic school. Trinity Catholic School encourages a pluralistic and inclusive world view, and our RE curriculum incorporates teachings about faith traditions other than the Catholic faith. This involves an explicit focus on the integrity, beliefs, expression and celebration of the principal religions in Great Britain. The school also promotes tolerance, diversity, and respect by actively encouraging students’ participation within the wider community. We have a a very high expectation of students regarding their responsibilities as stewards of the earth, and as servants of their communities – particularly the most vulnerable. The school reward system is focussed on celebrating those students who exercise right judgement, show understanding, knowledge, and courage, and do so with respect for themselves and their community.
We are inspired by His Holiness Pope Francis, who wrote:
What we are called to respect in each person is first of all his life, his physical integrity, his dignity and the rights deriving from that dignity, his reputation, his property, his ethnic and cultural identity, his ideas and his political choices. We are therefore called to think, speak and write respectfully of the other, not only in his presence, but always and everywhere, avoiding unfair criticism or defamation. (Message of Pope Francis to Muslims throughout the world for the end of Ramadan, 2013).
As a Catholic school, we celebrate the variety and rich tradition that faith perspectives bring to the public realm, particularly in regards to their emphasis on social justice. The gospels were seen as a threat to the status quo when they were first preached, but their message of acceptance, tolerance and love (both for others, and oneself) have renewed relevance and potency in 21st century Britain. Trinity Catholic School staff strongly identify with the truths at the heart of these teachings, and believe that imparting these core values is an essential part of their professional role. We are wholeheartedly dedicated to creating and nurturing the confident, respectful, and civically minded young people our country needs.