Aims and Values
Our Mission Statement
As God's family we work together as brothers and sisters in a safe, happy and compassionate environment. We take pride in everything we do ensuring that our children are motivated to achieve and be the very best they can be.
Built on the foundation of Christ and through teaching of Gospel values, we develop the whole child in a setting which has an understanding and appreciation of all faiths.
Inspired by Pope Francis we endeavour to 'light a fire in the hearts' of our children, empowering them to make a real difference in our diverse, ever changing society.
As brothers and sisters at Holy Family, we strive to create an environment where we take pride in our learning, be the best we can be and make a difference in all we do. We will achieve this by having high expectations and developing a culture of ambition, challenge and achievement.
The aims of our school are:
- To recognise that every child is made in the image and likeness of God, and to be able to develop a deep and meaningful relationship with Him.
- To provide a friendly welcome to your child in a safe, secure and stimulating Catholic environment in which to enjoy learning.
- Our core value of ‘be the best you can be’ means that we have planned a broad, balanced and diverse curriculum that is inspiring and inclusive with the intention that children can fulfil their potential and grow their talent , no matter what their starting point.
- To ensure that every child receives quality first teaching every minute of every day.
- To form a partnership with parents and pupils to celebrate success and overcome any behavioural or learning problems they may have.
- To promote good moral and social attitudes, where children learn respect for themselves and others.
- To ensure that all staff feel supported in their determination to secure effective behaviour for learning.
- To enhance children’s school life experiences by providing educational visits and inviting outside agencies to participate in learning.
- To develop skills of staying safe online and reporting incidents to a trusted adult.
- To create a community that is characterised by caring and positive relationships.
Promoting British Values
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 Holy Family 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. Every year our school council visits the Houses of Parliament to see democracy in action – they feedback what they find out to the rest of the school.
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 their International Culture Week case study and this is also part of the Religious Education scheme of work. This is supported by visits to places of worship.