Aims and Values
Our Mission Statement
'We walk by faith and not by sight'
II Corinthians 5:7
As a Church School, the love of Jesus Christ is our foundation which we hope will be evident to all who pass through our doors. We hope that it will guide, not only the religious aspects of the curriculum day, but will also be a firm foundation for the whole life of the school. Christian values underpin all that we seek to undertake and achieve.
Our aim is to enable the pupils of St. Paul's to grow physically, mentally, socially and spiritually so gaining respect for themselves, each other and for the whole of God's world. It is important that each child is given the opportunity to develop his/her potential and we are continuously striving to raise achievement and to provide an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.
At St. Paul's we aim to provide a rich and creative curriculum with the highest expectations for our children to attain high standards in all core skills and subject areas whilst developing their interests and abilities in the wider curriculum.
Our school aims to provide a safe, happy and caring environment where everyone is treated with respect. We aim to encourage good manners and responsibility, promoting a positive attitude to learning by recognising positive behaviour.
To provide an environment where all members of our school community are happy, enjoy school and achieve, they are safe, make healthy choices and make a positive contribution to school life.
To provide the very best education for all of our children where each child's ability is developed through a creative, exciting, enjoyable, skills based and challenging curriculum.
To develop children's natural curiosity and help them to be excited and inspired by their learning.
To build children's self-esteem in an environment of high expectations where effort is recognised and achievement is valued.
To actively celebrate the many, varied achievements and talents of all of our children and to contribute to the development of their future economic wellbeing.
To have mutual respect in all of our relationships in order to create a secure and safe learning environment despite any religious, ethnic, cultural or socio-economic differences.
To ensure that high expectations of effort and best behaviour are promoted through positive experiences for all pupil groups.
To develop the skills for our children to become considerate and capable members of a global community whilst embracing and celebrating opportunities to develop links and create partnerships within the cultural diversity of our world.
To work in partnership with parents, carers, local churches and the community to raise achievement and support social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
British Values are promoted through the Christian Values of at St. Paul's.
We actively promote and model democracy at St. Paul's by:
- Ensuring that our children develop knowledge of, and respect for, public institutions and services, eg. visits to/from Police, Fire Service.
- Teaching our children how they can influence decision making through the democratic process through class voting, assemblies and activities during times of elections (local/general).
- Encouraging pupils to become involved in decision making processes and ensuring they are listened to in school, through the School Council, an 'open door policy' for the Principal and Senior staff, as well as liaison between staff and pupils.
- Teaching children how public services operate and how they are held to account, e.g. through annual theme weeks.
- Demonstrating how injustice can be peacefully challenged, eg. through the examples of the Gospels, by teaching about inspirational figures such as Mandela and Martin Luther King.
Rule of Law
We actively promote and model the rule of law by:
- Ensuring school rules are clear and fair, eg. through our consistent Behaviour policy.
- Helping children to distinguish right from wrong, eg. by using the example of Christ when dealing with behaviour that is not acceptable.
- Promoting respect for the law and the basis on which it is made, eg. through visitors such as PCSOs, Police, and MP into school.
- Helping children to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals, eg. through our RE curriculum, through theme weeks and visitors.
- Having a behaviour policy that is linked to restorative justice, eg. that is based in the Christian value of forgiveness.
We actively promote and model individual liberty by:
- Encouraging and supporting pupils in developing their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence through our Christian ethos, our way of treating people, investing in meeting the needs of all children, providing equality of opportunity, and understanding the needs of all children.
- Encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour as well as knowing their rights, through linking rights with responsibilities and having a fair and consistent Behaviour policy.
- Challenging stereotypes with welcoming visitors into school to talk about disability awareness, anti-racism and a high profile anti–bullying week.
- Implementing a strong anti-bullying culture.
Respect and Tolerance
We actively promote and model respect and tolerance by:
- Promoting respect for individual differences through our Christian ethos and RE curriculum and also through Worship and Assemblies, and RE theme days.
- Helping children to understand and respect their own and other cultures and ways of life, through RE, Geography, International Links.
- Discussing and celebrating the differences between people such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and different family situations such as being a looked after child or a young carer.