Promoting British Values
As a Catholic school our values of compassion, care and respect rooted in the Gospel encompass those values identified by the Government as “British values”.
We aim to:
- enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
- enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
- further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
- encourage respect for other people; and
- encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes.
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. Members of each class have the chance to elect a representative that they feel will represent their classes views. School council candidates are 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, these views are taken into account when decisions by leaders rare made. Members of the school council are an integral part of the interview process for all teaching and leadership posts.
Pupil and Parent questionnaires are completed on a regular basis to gather the views of all members of the school community and these responses inform on-going work in 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. Rewards and Sanctions for following the rules or choosing not to follow the rules are embedded in our behaviour policy and are consistently used by all. 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.
Pupils are given opportunities to work with Local Community Police Officers and meet with members of the wider community so they can gain a greater understanding of respect for rules and how they impact on our community.
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. In lessons, learning tasks are challenging and require cooperation, hard work and perseverance. They understand they may have to take appropriate risk and may have to congratulate and be proud of a more successful peer on some occasions.
Our pupils learn together with respect for each other. We value and celebrate our peers, as evidenced in our weekly praise assemblies. Every pupil knows that we respect and appreciate each other no matter what differences may exist. Pupils have regular discussions 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. Within our school, many pupils and their families come from different countries with many languages and dialects being spoken as a first language. We therefore live, speak and breathe tolerance for others.
We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which many religions are studied and respected. We believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to become knowledgeable, understanding and successful citizens who can build a better local area and Britain for the future.
We promote all British Values through the Jesuit Pupil Profile. Each half term, the children develop their understanding of two new virtues and strive to apply these to their everyday lives. The children have the opportunity to share how they have applied these virtues and these are displayed in school.
Children at St. Patrick’s Catholic Academy are growing to be:
Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.
Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.
Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.
Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.
Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.
Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.
Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.
Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others.