At St Mary’s Catholic Nursery & Infant School we share in the mission of the Catholic Church to proclaim the Gospel. We are a Christian community which welcomes and brings together priests, governors, parents, staff and pupils in developing a special relationship with God. The Gospel values of love, justice, tolerance, kindness, forgiveness and respect are reflected in our policies and practices.
Our aim is to develop the full potential of each child, spiritually, intellectually, morally, emotionally, physically and socially. We offer equality of opportunity to all children regardless of gender, disability, colour, ethnic or national origin. We celebrate the uniqueness of each child.
Everyone who is involved with the school shares their gifts for the benefit of every child. We are committed to supporting the Catholic ethos of the school helping our children towards an understanding of the Catholic way of worship. Through offering children this experience of life in a community founded on Gospel values, we aim to prepare them for life as Christians in the wider world.
Promoting Fundamental British Values at St Mary’s Catholic Nursery and Infant 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.