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Vision, Values, Ethos & Mission

A statement on our schools ethos and values.

Our vision at St Peter’s is to create a vibrant, caring school community in which every child can achieve their learning potential, develop their unique talents, and become the absolute best they can be in preparation for the next stage in their lives.

To achieve this our priorities must be;

  • To create a happy, friendly, and supportive environment in which every child can fully develop spiritually, intellectually, and socially.
  • To provide a calm, safe and stimulating environment for every child to thrive, learn and feel valued.
  • To help every child develop in their journey of faith, ensuring that the Gospel values of love, trust, forgiveness, respect, and grace are at the centre of everything we do.
  • To deliver the highest academic standards by providing a range of exciting opportunities and experiences within a rich, innovative, and engaging curriculum.
  • To ensure all staff have the opportunity for ongoing professional development to deliver consistently high-quality teaching and drive improvement throughout the school.
  • To ensure that the physical and emotional wellbeing of children and staff.
  • To work in partnership with families, staff, governors, and the parish to foster an inclusive family ethos with a caring, nurturing, and welcoming atmosphere that gives everyone a sense of belonging within St Peter’s School.

Ethos and school mission

At St Peter’s Jesus is our role model.

We embrace love, respect and acceptance of others in a spirit of mutual understanding.

Our aim is to provide a safe, welcoming and caring community nurturing the growth of every individual, spiritually, socially, morally and academically in an environment founded on Catholic beliefs. We recognise the God given uniqueness and wonder of everyone and seek to achieve our full potential through the commitment of all.

Our Mission Statement developed by the children, staff and governors is:

As children of God, we are loved, we are called and we are inspired. We try to live this out in our everyday lives.

British Values

The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and
these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. 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.’ These are:

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

At St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School, we are committed to serving our community and local
area. In so doing we reinforce British values regularly and in the following ways:

Democratic values are an explicit part of the ethos at St. Peter’s. All adults listen to the views
of the pupils and value their opinions. Pupils have further opportunity to have their voices
heard through our School Council and Pupil Voice interviews. The elections of School
Council and Sports Council members are the result of pupil votes, and all these groups
canvas the opinions of their peers.

The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as
through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws – that they are
there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences
when laws are broken. Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the
rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on
recognising right from wrong and visits from the Police, Fire Service and local councillors
help to reinforce these messages.

Individual Liberty:
Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe
and supportive environment. Developing their self-esteem and self-confidence is especially
important. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how
to use these rights to best effect. All pupils are keen to support charities, whether local,
national, or global. They are taught consideration for others through our Religious Education
curriculum and PSHE lessons in particular. E-safety teaching enables them to make choices
in a safe manner.

Mutual Respect:
Our school’s ethos and behaviour policy are based on Gospel values, with the important
commandment being, ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ Acts of Worship constantly
promote respect for others and the importance of good manners. All pupils are taught the
importance of self-respect, honest and open communication with others and fair play. Pupils
work collaboratively and value others’ opinions.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
As a Catholic worshipping community, pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally
diverse society. This is achieved through our Religious Education curriculum and the
spiritual life of the school. Acts of Worship and class work promote the diversity of society
and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability,
gender, faith, heritage, or race. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school
to share their knowledge and enhance learning within Acts of Worship and in class.

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Updated | 12th March, 2024 |

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