Ethos, Values and Equality
The mission of St John's School is to educate each child entrusted to our care to their full potential.
- to sustain and develop the love and practice of our Catholic Faith.
- to demonstrate the presence of Christ in the Community
In order to educate children entrusted to our care to their full potential we will
- offer a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum within a Catholic context, meeting the needs of all learners
- promote the development and well-being of each child equally assess the strengths and needs of each individual, creating personalised learning opportunities for all
- promote high expectations of the children in all aspects of school life
- provide a stimulating and well-resourced learning environment
- offer and signpost to a range of extra-curricular activities
- offer all children equal access to facilities and activities
- encourage the development of lively minds and independence
- help children to gain confidence and a sense of self-worth
- enable children to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding relevant to adult life and
employment in a fast-changing world, providing firm foundations for the next phase of their
In order to sustain and develop the love and practice of our Catholic Faith we will
- have our Catholic values and purpose permeating all aspects of school life teach and foster the beliefs, traditions and practices of the Catholic Church
- play a full part in preparing our children for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion, in conjunction with the home and parish communities
- provide a wide range of opportunities to develop the prayer life of the school and individuals
- help children to develop spiritually towards a living and mature faith
- value each other's talents
- organise Eucharistic liturgies for and with children appropriate to their age
In order to demonstrate the Presence of Christ in the Community we will
- demonstrate Christian values in all our words and actions
- encourage a sense of caring and respect for all
- welcome every one who enters our school
- develop in everyone a responsible attitude to our environment and the world
- encourage the professional development of all who work herefoster links with the parishes, other schools and the wider community
- encourage all to make a positive contribution to society
- encourage all to strive for social justice and peace
..and thus help our children to realise the universal ambitions for every child and young
person, whatever their background or circumstances, to:
- be healthy
- stay safe
- enjoy and achieve
- make a positive contribution
- achieve economic well-being
Promoting British Values
As a Catholic School we actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Church. We are confident that our continued focus on the Gospel Values will give our pupils the necessary awareness of what it means to be a good citizen in Britain today, and embed in them the building blocks of a future successful and productive life.
At St John’s Catholic Primary School we believe in celebrating the increasingly diverse cultural backgrounds of our community whilst also promoting and holding true to what we recognise to be British Values. Democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths are taught explicitly through assemblies, PSHE, Citizenship and RE curriculum. It also permeates all aspects of the curriculum.
The basic equality between all human beings has always been fundamental to Catholic belief and teaching. St John’s Catholic Primary School acknowledges and welcomes diversity among pupils, staff, governors and visitors. The staff and governors are committed to promoting equality by tackling the barriers, which could lead to unequal outcomes so that there is equality of access and the diversity within the school community. We believe that equality at our school should permeate all aspects of school life and is the responsibility of every member of the school and wider community.
Every member of the school community should feel safe, secure, valued and of equal worth. At St John’s equality is a key principle for treating all people the same, irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, disability, religious beliefs/faith tradition, sexual orientation, age or any other of the protected characteristics (Single Equalities Act 2010). We promote the principles of fairness and justice for all through the education that we provide in our school.
At St John’s Catholic Primary we achieve equality for all through:
- Developing respect for others through an appreciation of God’s presence in every human being.
- Ensuring that every child benefits from a well-balanced curriculum delivered with commitment and enthusiasm which promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development with particular reference to issues of equality and diversity
- Ensuring that a secure, safe and fair environment exists in which children including in particular, those with protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act, 2010, may develop self – esteem and sense of purpose, in order that their strengths be fully realised and are in consequence more likely to make at least good progress.