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Ethos and Values

 

Ethos

 

Our Mission Statement

At St. John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School our mission is to educate the whole child through the Gospel values of Christ.

The children understand this to mean that we “Love to learn and learn to love”.

The Aims of our School

In order to carry out our Mission, we believe that we should aim to:

  • Provide a happy secure caring and stimulating learning environment within a welcoming Christian Community.
  • Create a Catholic community, encouraging an understanding of our faith through teaching and active prayer in the home, school and parish.
  • Encourage the highest standards of academic excellence and behaviour.
  • Encourage children to take responsibility for themselves and become independent learners.
  • Educate and celebrate the whole child as an individual, preparing them spiritually, morally, physically, socially, intellectually and emotionally for their future lives.
  • Provide a firm and consistent framework of discipline and encourage children to take responsibility for themselves.
  • Actively involve parents in the education of their children.
  • Encourage an awareness of and a respect for other faiths.
  • Provide effective liaison with the local secondary school and ensure continuity of the children’s education.
  • Encourage children to do their personal best, enjoy their school experiences and build upon their successes.

 

Our Pupils

 

Our pupils are our greatest asset.

 

We are very proud of our children and their achievements.  We help them to grow in their faith in a supportive Catholic environment.  Through carefully planned lessons, daily prayer, Mass and reflection and enrichment opportunities we help to prepare them for transition to secondary school as confident, responsible, caring young people.

 

The Staff

 

The staff are our greatest resource

 

We have an experienced, talented and dedicated staff at St. John’s who work together to support the school’s Catholic ethos and ensure that each pupil reaches his or her potential.

Our excellent standards reflect the children’s positive attitudes to learning, consistent good teaching and the high level of pastoral support we provide.  All of which are strengths of the school.  The combined strength of our staff ensures that the ethos and values of our mission statement provide all pupils with high quality teaching and learning within a supportive environment. 

 

High Standards of Pastoral Care

 

Our staff go the extra mile

 

We are proud to provide a positive and caring environment for our pupils where they can achieve, feel safe and be happy.

 

Pupil Behaviour and Presentation

 

Our children are great ambassadors for the school

 

We understand that this can only be achieved in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.   Our success depends on the close working partnership and commitment of parents, staff, governors and the parish.

 

Parents are encouraged to become fully involved in the education of their child.  The Home School Agreement symbolises our approach to parents and the school working together for the benefit of the child.

 

Our staff team works to ensure that any problems are dealt with swiftly and efficiently.  If it is necessary, we will inform parents or carers and seek their support.  All our pupils wear full school uniform.  High standards of appearance reinforce our values of self-respect and pride in being a pupil of St. John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School.

 

Values

 

In order to achieve this ethos within our school and the wider community that we serve, there are a number of values and principles which guide our actions in school.

 

First and foremost are the values that are at the heart of the Gospels:

 

  • Love and solidarity
  • Faithfulness and Integrity
  • Dignity and Compassion
  • Humility and Gentleness
  • Truth and Justice
  • Forgiveness and Mercy
  • Purity and Holiness
  • Tolerance and Peace
  • Service and Sacrifice

 

It is clear that as a Christian country Gospel values underpin the values of the British Society in which we live:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

 

Examples of the actions we take to promote British values include:

 

Democracy

 

Having an elected School Council

Highlighting the importance of democratic ideas in history lessons

Ensuring all pupils are listened to by adults

Visiting the Houses of Parliament

Visiting the Lord Mayor’s Parlour

Taking part in Student Voice

 

The Rule of Law

 

Creating “class rules”

Having a clear behaviour policy that is explained to all

Highlighting the rules of the Church and God in the RE curriculum, for example the 10 commandments and the Precepts of the Church

Through RE and history teaching about the development of the Rule of Law in English law, a legal system inspired by Christian values and a major influence across the world

 

Individual Liberty

 

Encourage students to be independent in their learning

Provide children with opportunities for reflection as they take responsibility for discerning their vocation

 

Mutual Respect

 

Having a Mission Statement that is inclusive

Constantly promoting respect for others as good manners

Reinforcing the value of everyone’s opinion in class discussions

Having an effective anti-bullying policy

Emphasising in RE and PSHE lessons that every person is unique and created in the image of God

Having active links with other schools

Supporting charitable works

 

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

 

RE lessons provide pupils with a deep understanding of their own faith as well as awareness of the faith and tradition of other religious communities as a basis for understanding and respecting them

Using the witness of Jesus as an example of tolerance in stories such as the Good Samaritan and the Women at the well.

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