British Values


St Werburgh's & St Columba's Primary School follow the UNICEF Rights of the Child.

Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues from the pupils in school.. The council meets with the business manager to discuss a small budget and how it can be spent to improve the pupils lives at school.

Each term the children in years 2-6 are able to nominate and vote for children in their class to represent them on the council. School council and pupils are asked their opinions on policies or proceedures effecting them in school.

Our Community Ambassadors visit the local town hall and speak with the Mayor about elections and processes.

Our local MP, Chris Matheson, comes into school to tlk about his role in parliment and how he can be a voice for Chester. In addition to this Hoole's local council has listened to our children and changes have been made int eh area. These include clearing up dog mess, making sure that the local park is safe to play in and moving a rubbish bin from outside the school gate that had been a health hazard due to household waste being dumped.

The children also have a yearly opportunity to talk to Senior Management about how the school is ran and how money is spent.


The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.


Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.


Mutual Respect

Our children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. We have a friendship code that has been designed by our children so that they can sort out differences in a respectful manner.

Our Community Ambassadors have strong links with two local residential home for the elderly. They spend time with the older generation learning from them and sharing in day to day experiences. 


Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

 St Werburgh's & St Columba's is a Catholic school. We feel it is important that our children have a greater understanding and respect for the diversity of our country. Assemblies are regularly look at different faiths and cultures directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. We experience different cultures through special days, visitors or trips. 

Contact the School

St Werburgh's and St Columba's Primary

Lightfoot Street

Tel: 01244 981228

"We follow in the footsteps of Jesus to love, learn and laugh"