Vision and Values
Living, Learning and Growing in God’s Love
Our Mission Statement is evident as soon as you step through the doors and see that Christ is at the centre of our school.
We all work hard to make sure that everyone is treated with care and respect, and everyone is made to feel special and helped to realise their God-given talents. Every member of our school community is welcomed and valued, Catholic and non-Catholics alike.
Our vision for St John Bosco Catholic Primary School is to enable all children to achieve their full potential in a safe, welcoming and happy learning environment.
We will strive to create responsible citizens who are independent and confident lifelong learners equipped to meet the challenges of a changing future.
This will be achieved within an inclusive school that values every individual and celebrates the diversity of our community.
At St John Bosco Catholic Primary School, we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background. Through our mission statement and Catholic beliefs, we aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all members of our school and parish family feel proud of their identity and ability to participate fully in school life.
We tackle discrimination through the positive promotion of equality, by challenging bullying and stereotypes and by creating an inclusive environment.
At St John Bosco Catholic Primary School, we believe that diversity is a strength which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit us.
Equality in Teaching and Learning
We provide all our pupils with the opportunity to succeed and to reach the highest level of personal achievement. We do this by:
- Providing a rich curriculum and strong Catholic ethos to instil the Gospel values in our children, teaching them to be kind, caring, forgiving and respectful young people.
- Ensuring equality of access for all pupils and preparing them for life in a diverse society.
- Promoting attitudes and values that challenge any discriminatory behaviour or prejudice.
- Have high expectations of all children and to provide varied learning experiences within a broad and balanced curriculum.
- Providing opportunities for pupils to appreciate their own religion and culture and celebrate the diversity of other religions and cultures.
- Seeking to involve all parents in supporting their child’s education.
- Utilising teaching approaches appropriate for the whole school population which are inclusive and reflective of our pupils.
- Make links between the teachings of Jesus and how we behave and treat others in our own lives.
- To develop self-esteem, respect and social skills enabling children to form positive relationships within school and in the context of a modern multi-cultural society.
Promoting British Values at St John Bosco Catholic Primary School
The DfE has 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.’
As a Catholic school we follow the Gospel teachings – to love God and love one another. We follow the example set by Jesus.
We believe we are all made in the image and likeness of God.
We show our love for others through contributing to the common good.
We show our love for others through respect for all members of God’s family and as such reject all discrimination of any kind.
This forms the basis for all that we do at St John Bosco and ensures British Values are an integral part of this.
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. The children have the chance to elect a representative from each class that they feel will represent their classes views. School council candidates were required to prepare campaign speeches outlining their suitability for the role and their vision for the school. The school council is actively involved in the life of the school and in decision making processes.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these choices wisely.
This is a fundamental part of our Faith and school ethos. Pupils have regular discussions and assemblies on what respect means and how it is shown to others.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Each year group completes an in-depth study on different cultures and faiths through International Studies and this is also part of the RE scheme of work. This is supported by visits to places of Worship.