We seek to inspire in children the joy and wonder of learning, through cherishing, nurturing, supporting and challenging each one, whatever their talents and needs. As we journey together with Christ, we aim to develop in all children intellectual curiosity, creative endeavour, compassion for others and the courage to act on their beliefs.
A joy and love of learning within our Catholic community leading to the best outcomes for all.
We have twelve core values that we embody in all that we do:
Our community is loving, peaceful and joyful. We are patient and kind. We respect and value everyone. We are open and honest and are ready to say sorry, forgive and move on. We nurture each other to trust, hope and be resilient in the face of fear and anxiety. We embrace challenge and support each other to get back up when challenges can knock us. We do this as we journey together in faith.
As a Catholic foundation, St Mary and St Peter’s school is underpinned by Christian values, and is committed to the values outlined in the Declaration of Universal Human Rights. These values encompass the four areas which have recently been identified as fundamental British values.
Children are offered choices and have many opportunities to make decisions from the earliest age. Throughout the school, their views are actively sought both in formal ways, for example through surveys, and more informally through a continual dialogue about their learning. An elected School Council provides a forum for democratic discussion and responsible group action. Through example and through their curriculum studies, children learn that good governance is about service, not the exercise of power. They also develop a sense of pride in who they are, and how they can contribute to the common good of the nation.
Rule of Law
The school is an orderly community which is regulated by consent. Children help to create class and school rules and develop a strong sense of fairness, justice and commitment to the common good. Expectations are clear, and there are effective procedures for tackling behaviour and attitudes which are contrary to the school’s moral code. Children are helped to distinguish right from wrong, and to understand the importance of honesty, compassion, forgiveness and reparation.
Each child is cherished as an individual, with equality before God. There is strong support for children in developing their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. Drama, role-play and philosophy discussions are used to encourage children to articulate and develop their own framework of opinions, beliefs and understandings. Originality and creativity are encouraged, both in class and through school events such as talent shows. The school has effective procedures for ensuring inclusiveness and combating bullying.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
A wide range of ethnic, cultural and religious groups are represented in the school population, and their diversity is celebrated as a microcosm of British society as a whole. Children gain practical experience of working and playing with those from different backgrounds, and tolerance and mutual respect are firmly embedded in all aspects of school life. Children learn about other religions in a spirit of appreciation, and gain a sense of empathy for viewpoints and perspectives which are different from their own. Mutual respect and tolerance are recurring themes in weekly assemblies and in their follow-up class sessions.