During the year we wish to extend values education to looking at individuals and groups that have demonstrated that they have the values that we feel makes a good citizen.

Pride  – The British Olympic team/David Beckham

Equality  – Nelson Mandela/The Suffragettes

Respect – Jessica Ennis/Joe Hart/The Football Association

Thoughtfulness – Mother Theresa/Princess Diana

Courage – Helen Keller/Anne Frank/Malala Yousafzai

Patience – Gandhi/Dalai Lama/Buddha

Resilience  – Tom Daley/JK Rowling/Eddie the Eagle Edwards

Hope  – Jessie Owens/Marie Curie

Responsibility – Queen Elizabeth II

Honesty  – Abraham Lincoln

Pupils, parents and staff worked together to decide upon values that we all thought led to us being caring, respectful citizens .We decided upon these values as a whole school community and they are therefore British in essence , and will encourage our pupils to make the right choices in their time at Merritts Brook , but also in their future.

Values are things we believe in that help us to make the best decisions about how to behave. They are the principles that guide our lives.

Some values are quite tricky to understand and difficult to do every day; others are easier to spot and simpler to do.

Values Education is not just something that helps you to learn when you are younger; it is a set of tools that you will carry with you all your life. Understanding values will help you to make difficult decisions even when you are a grown-up.

At Merritts Brook there are key values that we learn about throughout the year and that underpin all that we do in the academy. At the start of each month there is a whole school assembly which launches the value and then throughout the month there are further weekly assemblies which reinforce what the value means and how we should try to behave.

Pride

Equality

Respect

Thoughtfulness

Courage

Patience

Resilience

Hope

Responsibility

Co-operation

Honesty

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