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Safety, Learning and Respect - our three values. Thornhill Primary School is proud to be part of the West Lakes Multi-Academy Trust. 'Safeguarding given the highest priority' ( OFSTED 2019)

SMSC and British values

Spiritual, moral, cultural and social learning


Our school has three key values which allow all pupils to understand their key role in ensuring success for everybody.

These are:


  • Respect
  • Safety
  • Learning


Our whole community are expected to understand what they can expect and what they are responsible for in order to ensure that everyone is respected, safe and able to learn. This is done in lessons, assemblies and in our conversations with pupils and their families around school.


Our Curriculum has a role in supporting our pupils as they develop holistically. Our school culture is one which recognises the whole child, as part of a family and we have a key role in preparing our pupils for their future, not just academically but in other ways too.

Spiritual learning- this is done in a variety of ways, through lessons such as RE and English, in assembly but also in appreciation of the arts and the natural world. Most of our assemblies contain a prayer, which pupils can respond to by saying Amen.( see RE and collective worship policy)


Moral learning- we endeavour to teach children about right and wrong through our school rules and in the way we work with our students.


Cultural learning- Pupils in our school are taught about the British Values of tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law, personal responsibility and liberty and democracy in a wide variety of ways . A key area which we know we need to pay extra attention is the area of tolerance for beliefs and cultures. Our geographical area is predominately white and Christian. Our pupils are rarely exposed to people from alternative backgrounds, faiths, creeds and cultures in their everyday life. We believe that tolerance can only come from understanding and as such we try to teach pupils about the wide variety of cultures within our country and around the world, as we can. Assembly, PSHE and RE lessons are central to this, as are opportunities to visit a multi-cultural city first-hand.