Our Ethos and British Values

The government set out its definition of ‘British values’ in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ (2011), which was designed to prevent the extremism and religious radicalization of young people. British values are considered by the present government to be democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. The promotion of ‘British values’ is central to Catholic education because British values have their origin in the Christian values of our nation.

This is a Catholic school, which seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ. We reflect this aim in our Mission statement: We live and learn by journeying with Jesus for the greater glory of God. Catholic doctrine and practice therefore permeate every aspect of this school’s activity.

The school’s Golden Rules support all members of the community in promoting these values by word and deed.

We will be gentle We won’t hurt anyone
We will be kind and helpful We won’t hurt people’s feelings
We will work hard  We won’t waste our or other people’s time
We will look after property We won’t waste or damage things
We will listen to people We won’t interrupt
We will be honest We won’t cover up the truth

Catholic Religious Education is the “core of the core curriculum” (Pope St John Paul II) and the foundation of the entire educational process. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum, recognising that every pupil is unique and created in the image of God (Gen1:27). Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to flourish academically, spiritually, emotionally and socially, discerning his or her own vocation in life.  We support the development of future citizens who are concerned for the greater good of society – and are well prepared to make a positive contribution.

We provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities and pride ourselves on strong pastoral support. We incorporate democratic principles, value the rule of law, support individual liberty and foster a community in which different faiths and beliefs are respected.

Our Religious Education programme, ‘Come and See’, incorporates the study of other faiths; two weeks a year are set aside for in depth study of another faith system. We invite visitors into school to talk about their faith in order to further develop children’s understanding.

During assemblies we explore and discuss themes, make links with our learning and explore moral messages. Love one another as I have loved you (John 13:34-35) encapsulates the important message to treat others as we would wish to be treated.  Tolerance, forgiveness and respect are strongly promoted.

School Council projects enable pupils to shape school improvements and lead whole school activity, listening to the ideas of peers and representing them in meetings. Our current School Council is supporting our work towards achieving the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA), which holds the UN convention of the rights of the child at its core.

Y6 pupils belong to one of five teams, promoting reading (Book Detectives), green issues (Greenforce), fairly traded goods (Fair-traders), entrepreneurship (Business Gang) and pastoral care (Guiding Lights). In this way, the older pupils act as role models for younger children while exploring a range of issues and interests and further developing related life skills.

Our positive behaviour strategies enable children to make decisions that benefit others – not just themselves. House Groups, the Special Friend buddy system, Golden Time and restorative approaches encourage children to further develop the communication and interpersonal skills which are essential to living a happy and fulfilling life not just in modern Britain but as a global citizens.