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British Values & Our Catholic Ethos

The government set out its definition of ‘British Values’ in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ (2011), which was designed to prevent the extremism and religious radicalisation of young people. British values are considered by the present government to be democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. The promotion of ‘British values’ is central to Catholic education at St Antony's because British values have their origin in the Christian values of our nation. St Antony's is a Catholic school which actively promotes tolerance, forgiveness and reconciliation. Our mission and whole school values encourage inclusivity and respect.

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales states that:

“The Catholic school aims to be a community within the wider Catholic body which promotes by its teaching, relationships and worship the following of Christ by its members. For its fruitfulness it depends particularly on the faith of its adult members and the way in which they are able to cloth that faith in daily living”.

That means the school should be “Christo-centric”. That Christ should be the centre of all that we do in our learning, in our leisure and in our worship. Christ then should be reflected in all areas of school life. In doing so, we encourage our students to be the best version of themselves as they live the mission and learn the importance of demonstrating our 5 core values of respect, love, service, integrity and resilience.

May the Light and Splendour of Christ Shine from Within Us All