God is at the centre of our Catholic School
This means that:
- Each person is recognised and valued as an individual.
- Each child is encouraged to progress to the best of their ability.
- We provide a welcoming, supportive and purposeful atmosphere for learning.
- We work together in partnership with the home, parish and the wider community, to prepare our children for life.
In accordance with the Mission Statement, the aim of St Mary's school is to develop the whole child within the premise of the following rules of Jesus.
"Do for others what you want them to do for you".
"Love one another. As I have loved you, love one another".
- Our vision is for life long 'learning' to be at the heart of St Mary's Catholic Junior School.
- A school where there are high expectations and a striving for excellence in all that we do.
- A community where every child, member of staff, parent, governor and visitor is treated with respect and valued as a unique individual in the image of Christ.
- A place, which maintains a high level of creativity, enquiry and challenge with a sense of adventure and enjoyment.
Promoting Fundamental British Values at St Mary’s Catholic Junior School
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to 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 government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
At St Mary’s Catholic Schools these values are reinforced regularly through our Mission Statement and in the following ways:
Democracy is evident throughout our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through the pupil questionnaires and School Council whose members are elected annually. Our school’s Behaviour Policy involves reinforcement of positive behaviours.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced, particularly during school and class, PSHE and topic work. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws; that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and consequences when laws and rules are broken.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.
Tolerance of and respect for those of all faiths, no faith, different cultures and lifestyles
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based issues have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
At St Mary’s we see protecting children from the risk of radicalisation as part of our school’s wider safeguarding duty whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences.
We promote fundamental British Values and provide a safe space in which children and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism; assisting their personal, social and emotional development and understanding of the world.