British Values

We promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

The list below describes the understanding and knowledge expected of students as a result of us promoting fundamental British values.

  an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
  an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
  an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;
  an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
  an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour;
  an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.

As a worshipping Catholic community, we recognise these values within our own focus on Christian and shared values, and we are active in preparing our students for a future in multicultural and multi-faith Britain in the 21st century.  These core values are promoted not only through dedicated PSHE lessons but they also are embedded within our school ethos and across the curriculum.  At The John Fisher School we recognise not only the importance of allowing students to flourish academically but we also embrace our wider role in preparing them for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum.

Our Christian and shared values encourage self-esteem as we are unique in creation, and we celebrate each other’s unique talents.  At all times, we encourage respect for others, and within our Behaviour for Learning policy, we are conscious at all times of God’s love and forgiveness.  

The John Fisher School has a very strong and healthy extracurricular life, which seeks to involve a full range of students of all ages in participation in sports, creative arts and academic activity. 

Our commitment to school sports is unique in state schools, in terms of the numbers of members of the community involved every Saturday throughout the season in participating in team sport.  Through a rugby fixture list that involves the principal public schools in the South of England, and through participation in national festivals against top national public schools, our students are exposed to the traditions and values of the best of the private and state school sectors.  This sporting commitment is also reflected within cross-country and athletics.  Through our commitment to sports, our students learn to value team-work, perseverance, admiration for others, respect for tradition, tolerance of others, stoicism in the face of defeat and modesty in the face of victory.

The document below maps the provision of British Values across the curriculum:

British Values at JFS

Racial Justice

Bishops stand in solidarity as they challenge the evil of racism. 

Click on the links below to read the full statement and a letter from your Bishops to the Young People in Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Southwark - June 2020


Bishops' Letter


The Catholic Bishops Conference of  England and Wales:

The Catholic Association for Racial Justice:

You can contact the school's Equality and Diversity Lead by emailing: for the attention of Mr D. Mawer, Assistant Headteacher.