💜 British Values

What are British Values?

Outwood Grange Academies Trust promotes ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through each academy’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’. We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all staff and provide a model of behaviour for our students.


The principle of democracy is consistently reinforced, with the democratic process being employed for important decisions within each school community, for instance, elections being held for Student Voice president and vice-presidents. The principles of democracy are explored in History and Religious Studies as well as in Vertical Mentoring Groups (VMG) and assemblies. Student Voice ensures that our students exercise their democratic rights and feel part of big decisions within our academies. All Vertical Mentor Groups have representatives as a key link to Student Voice ambassadors.

Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern classrooms, schools, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Students learn the values and reasons behind the laws that govern and protect us. They learn about the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

Our students learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. Our staff are committed to providing a consistent and predictable environment within each academy and beyond. An environment of this type enables students to feel safe and secure; this in turn, promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place.

Tolerance of Other Faiths and Religions

Our academies serve multi-faith communities where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race.

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. Our assemblies help all students to find out about themselves and others; linking their lives to the communities in which they belong. We place great emphasis on providing opportunities to participate in events and celebrations to broaden all students’ experiences and awareness of others.

In our academies we believe that tolerance of different faiths and beliefs are best gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum as well as the routines of daily life at every academy, we strive to not only learn about but also to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the core of academy life. Students learn to treat each other and staff with great respect. This is evident when walking around any of our academies and within their classrooms.

We value the importance of facilitating opportunities for every academy to be part of the community as the students, families and staff have much to offer in the development of community cohesion.

Individual Liberty

We encourage students to become good and valued citizens. Our academies do this by supporting each student to become as independent as possible. Each academy has a strong culture of giving time and energy to voluntary work and charity fundraising.

OGAT academies invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture, so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. Our academies offer a range of enrichment activities which students have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests.