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St Paul’s School Vision and Values

 

St Paul’s is a small, friendly, Church of England primary school, rooted in the Anglican tradition and serving the whole community. Our foundational Christian ethos and our commitment to British values are described in separate documents.

The school's ethos of reverence and mutual care is reflected in excellent relationships within the school, which demonstrate fairness and respect for others at all times.

Our values are embedded in the school’s way of life, ensuring young people are prepared, when they leave St Paul’s, for their next steps in modern Britain.

The vision of St Paul’s is to

* Strive for academic excellence where all children are challenged and supported in their learning

* Provide broad and stimulating learning opportunities that encourage curiosity, an enquiring mind and a love of learning

* Offer excellent care and guidance where children are enabled to be safe, healthy and happy

* Forge an effective partnership with parents and the community to ensure the best possible education for all our children

* Promote a Christian ethos and British values through the curriculum as well as  celebrating key events in British cultural life throughout the year

We help our children to be:

Respectful,

Resilient,

Independent,

Tolerant,

Resourceful,

Creative,

Inquisitive,

Enthusiastic,

Collaborative.

These values were written after consultation with the whole school community.

Our Children's Vision Statement

These values were written after consultation with the whole school community.

Our Children's Vision Statement

 

The Christian ethos of St Paul’s

                                     

As a church school, the gospel of God’s love, shown to us in Jesus Christ, is the foundation of all we do. That love is freely given to all.

In our life together, we try to live in accordance with the values we see in the life of Christ and in the Bible.

Each half term, we focus on a particular aspect of the gospel and help children explore its meaning through collective worship.

-          Reverence: the proper human response to what is holy and sacred

-          Wisdom: discernment gained through life experience and guiding our choices

-          Thankfulness: learning to receive everything as a gift, not an entitlement 

-          Humility: being aware that we are not the centre of the universe 

-          Endurance: learning the resilience that helps us keep going when life is hard 

-          Service: caring for one another’s needs 

-          Compassion: loving our neighbours as ourselves 

-          Trust: building relationships by having faith in God and each other

-          Peace: the “shalom” of the kingdom of God, in which relationships are healed 

-          Forgiveness: forgiving one another as we hope to be forgiven 

-          Friendship: breaking down the barriers that divide us

-          Justice: enabling all people to have what they need, or “love in action”

-          Hope: being able to trust the promises of God

-          Creation: seeing all life as God’s gift entrusted to us 

-          Koinonia: the common life that is made possible through Jesus’ love

 

 

British Values at St Paul’s

                                                                        

 

The values of democracy, rule of law, respect and tolerance have always been embedded and promoted not just in teaching, learning and assemblies at St Paul’s but in all aspects of school life. This is evident in annual School Council elections, explanation and observance of fair rules, respect for the wider community and for all people regardless of faith or ethnicity.

British values and celebrating being part of Britain are all embedded throughout our school year. Not only do we celebrate traditional British events such as Christmas (with a Nativity play and Fair), Easter, Harvest Festival and Remembrance Day, we mark significant festivals in other faiths, such as Diwali, Eid and Passover.  We also celebrate a range of other national events that have an impact on British life including Jubilees, Olympics and World Cups. Throughout KS1 and KS2, pupils gain insight into British and world history and cultural life through educational trips, e.g. visits to temples, museums, rural sites, and cultural institutions such as the Royal Courts of Justice.  

Democracy

Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully, and with concern, to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have his/her opinions and voice heard.  Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular questionnaires.  The elections of the School Council members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. Democracy is also an element of our PSHE curriculum and during KS2 children have opportunities to explore democracy through local and national political systems.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, is consistently reinforced. Our behaviour policy sets out key principles for behaviour and each class discusses and sets rules, which are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.  Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws - that they govern and protect us – as well as the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. In KS2 children have the opportunity to visit the Royal Courts of Justice to gain a deeper understanding of the legal system and its history.

 

Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs

Our core value of respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs.  St Paul’s enhances pupils’ understanding of different faiths and beliefs through Religious Education studies, including visits to a range of places of worship. Pupils and parents are also invited to talk about their own faith, as well as sharing cultural traditions such as food and dance. In this way, our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.  

 

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices in a safe and supportive environment.  As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education.  Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely. Examples of this can be seen clearly in our e-safety and PSHE lessons. In addition, children have a wide choice of extra-curricular activities.

Mutual Respect

The pupils understand that respect is essential in order to exist in harmony with each other.  It is expected that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have. The core value of respect at St Paul’s underpins our work every day, both in and out of the classroom, and is also reflected in our Christian values.