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St John's Catholic Primary School

Introduction

Introduction

St. John's Catholic Primary School provides education for pupils aged 4 to 11 years.

It is a well-established school with over eighty percent of the school population being of the Roman Catholic faith. The school is an integral part of St. Saint John the Evangelist and Saint Joseph the Worker Parish and serves mainly the children of Catholic parents from the Parish. It does, however, welcome applications from parents of other faith traditions who wish to have their children educated in a Christian school.

The school is situated in the middle of owner-occupied housing. It has a published admissions number of 30 children per class in the school.

Catholic Ethos

The school was founded by and is part of the Catholic Church. The school is conducted as a Catholic school in accordance with canon law and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and in accordance with the Trust Deeds of the Archdiocese of Birmingham which states:

  • Religious education is to be in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline and general and particular norms of the Catholic Church.
  • Worship is to be in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church.
  • At all times the school is to serve as a witness to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Mission and Values

Our moto at St John’s School is: “Love one another as I have loved you “

Our Mission Statement is:

“Our school is a safe place where everyone is equal. Inspired by the Holy Spirit and guided by the teaching of Christ, we know, love and respect each other. At Saint John’s Catholic School, we help each other be the best that we can be.”

 Aims of the School

It is vitally important for any school to have clear aims in order that specific targets may be set and achieved. At St John's School these are:                                                                                                                                           

  • To encourage the Love of God and the Catholic faith while promoting an appreciation of other denominations and Religions.
  • To develop good relationships among all those involved in the school and the wider community.
  • To provide equality of opportunity to all regardless of culture, religion, language, ethnic background or race.
  • To develop each individual to their full potential academically within the framework of the National Curriculum.
  • To help children recognise and develop their own talents and to encourage them to become responsible for themselves and others.

It is hoped that the achievement of these aims will be attained through a healthy discipline, the Christian atmosphere which each person helps to promote within the school and the subjects provided in the curriculum.

At St. John’s we teach and live Gospel Values. The values as taught to us by Jesus Christ – what He said, what He did and what He told us to do. These values are:                                                                                                           

  • Respect - Respect for others, respect for the school building, respect for the values and beliefs of others, respect for ourselves, respect for our Catholic community, respect for other religions, countries and cultures.
  • Forgiveness - Following Jesus’ teachings by seeking to reconcile our differences, by saying sorry and by forgiving others and giving opportunities to make things better.
  • Truth - Knowing that telling the truth and being honest is always the right way.
  • Kindness - Trying our best to show kindness to others in all that we say and do, having kind hands and kind words for everyone – even those we find it hard to get on with sometimes.
  • Equality - Every human being is equal and valuable and loved by God. Everyone in our school is equal, unique and special and we treat everyone fairly. Everyone is equally special regardless of their gender, religion, ethnicity or cultural background.

British Values

The school also promotes British Values which are central to our school values, ethos and mission. These include:

  •  Democracy

We teach our children to understand the meaning of democracy and promote respect for public institutions and services, e.g. visits to Parliament, MP visits into school, visits to/from Fire Service, Local Councillors, visits to town hall, debates. We support children in understanding how they can influence decision making through the democratic process for e.g. School council, suggestion boxes. Further, we encourage our pupils to express themselves, make decisions and recognise they have a valid contribution to make to school life.

  •   Rule of Law

We actively promote and model the rule of law by: Ensuring the school rules are clear and fair, e.g. The Behaviour Policy is followed consistently. We help children to distinguish between right from wrong e.g. by using the example of Christ when dealing with behaviour that is not acceptable. We promote respect for the law and the basis on which it is made, e.g. through visitors to school. We support children to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals e.g through our RE curriculum, theme weeks and visitors to school.

  • Individual Liberty

We actively promote and model individual liberty by: Supporting pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence e.g. through our Catholic ethos, our way of treating people, by meeting the needs of all of the children, by providing equality of opportunity and by knowing and understanding the needs of all our children.

We encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour as well as knowing their rights, e.g. through linking rights with responsibilities, by having a fair and consistent Behaviour Policy. We support the pupils in challenging stereotypes, e.g. visitors into school, anti-bullying and anti-racism learning and Multi Faith learning.

  •  Respect and Tolerance

We strive to promote respect for individual differences e.g. through assemblies and masses, the RE curriculum, Multi Faith learning and through our Catholic ethos. We help children to acquire an understanding of and respect for their own and other cultures and ways of life. During Multi Faith week, for example, the children will have the opportunity to visit different places of worship such as the Church, Gurdwara, synagogue, mosque and Hindu Temple. We encourage children to discuss and celebrate the differences between people such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and different family situations such as looked after children, young carers.