British Values

The Hurst School support and delivers a firm commitment to developing and upholding British Values.


We have our own School Council made up of elected form representatives, Year 11 Prefects, a Senior Student Leadership Team who lead our Senior Prefects, as well as an elected Head Boy and Head Girl. Students are taught about the importance of democracy in a variety of ways within tutor time, assemblies and in subject specific content.

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 all aspects of life at The Hurst School. Students and parents/carers are taught the value and reasons behind our rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. We have visits and talks on the rule of law to students from the Community Police Office/Safer Schools team.

Individual Liberty

Students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Students 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 tutorial sessions. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, or of participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, our students are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

We place a considerable emphasis on promoting diversity within the student and staff body. This ethos is strongly developed in our Religious & Philosophy lessons, Personal Development Learning (PDL) curriculum, weekly assemblies and daily tutor time sessions. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes, just as our students and staff are able to share their cultural heritage and experiences.