Our Mission Statement
At St. John Fisher the law of Christ underpins everything we do. We aim to help every person achieve their potential through celebration, support and forgiveness. Everything we say or do is for the glory of God. We aim to foster, develop and sustain faith, hope and a love of God through a broad curriculum based on the Gospel. We recognise that the curriculum in its content and delivery reflects the fact that Jesus Christ is the foundation of the whole educational enterprise. We recognise that every child’s first entitlement is to a spiritual, moral and cultural education. This underpins all we teach across the curriculum. It is evident every day in the classroom, in the attitudes and skills we attempt to foster in our children. We aim to develop, in a Catholic atmosphere, qualities of mind, body and spirit in order to prepare our children to face the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
- To develop the whole child and encourage in them a love of God and of each other to help them to live and grow in the Catholic faith.
- To recognise that all children are unique and precious so we strive to meet their individual needs and develop their gifts and talents to enable them to reach their potential.
- To offer a broad, balanced, relevant curriculum in line with the national curriculum enriched by a wide range of positive learning experiences.
- To work in partnership with parents and families to bring out the highest standard possible in each child.
- To continually strengthen relations between home, school, parish and the wider community.
- To provide a happy, safe, secure learning environment where children are inspired with a love of learning and a determination to achieve to the best of their ability.
- To make St John Fisher a place of enjoyment where individual and team effort are valued and success is celebrated
Our pupils are our greatest asset.
We are very proud of pupils and their achievements. Our mission statement emphasizes the individuality of each child. We help them to grow in their faith in a supportive Catholic environment. Through carefully planned lessons, daily prayer, Mass and reflection and practical learning experiences we help them to prepare for transition to high school as confident, responsible and caring young people.
The staff are our greatest resource.
We have an experienced, talented and dedicated staff at St John Fisher who work together to support the school’s Catholic ethos and ensure that each pupil reaches his or her potential.
Our excellent standards reflect the children’s positive attitudes to learning, consistent good teaching and the high level of pastoral support we provide. All of which are strengths of the school. The combined strength of our staff ensures that the ethos and values in our mission statement provide all pupils with high quality teaching and learning within a supportive environment.
High Standards of Pastoral Care
We are proud to provide a positive and caring environment for our pupils where they can achieve, feel safe and be happy. The school’s inspection report stated the following:
“Pupils are very conscious of what are right and wrong actions and have a highly developed sense of justice and equality. This is enhanced by the school’s religious character and the many opportunities available for them to pause, reflect and pray.”
“Pupils say they feel safe and older pupils are proud to help look after younger pupils. Pupils say that “bullying just doesn’t happen here” and they know whom to turn to if they have any concerns. School “buddies” are pleased and proud of their responsibilities in organising sports activities at playtimes and in recommending school improvements.”
Pupil Behaviour and Presentation
At St John Fisher School, we take pride in the high standards of behaviour shown by our pupils.
We understand that this can only be achieved in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect. Our success depends on the close working partnership and commitment of parents, pupils, staff and governors.
Parents are encouraged to become fully involved in the education of their child. The Home School Agreement symbolises our approach to parent and school working together for the benefit of the child.
Our staff team works to ensure that any problems are dealt with swiftly and efficiently. If it is necessary, we will inform you as parents or carers and seek your support. All our pupils wear full school uniform. High standards of dress reinforce our values of self respect and pride in being a pupil of St John Fisher School.
We are passionate about promoting British Values and have worked closely with the governing body, staff and children to create a statement which provides an overview of how we link British Values to the curriculum.
St John Fisher RC Primary School British Values Statement
At St John Fisher R.C Primary School we value the diversity of backgrounds of all pupils, families and wider school community.
The Department for Education states that there is a need:
“To create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.
The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:
- Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
- Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
- Support for equality of opportunity for all
- Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
- Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs
Our school reflects British values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.
How we promote British Values
At St John Fisher, we actively promote British values in the following ways:
- All children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school on matters that directly involve pupils. Children also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires and pupil surveys. Our school council meet on a regular basis. Pupil voice has recently impacted on the school through the purchase of additional library books suggested by pupils.
- The principle of democracy is explored in the curriculum as well as during assemblies and special days. The School Council are elected by their peers as full members in September. Our Pupil Senior Leadership Team are appointed following an interview process with governors.
- Our school behaviour policy involves class based rewards which the pupils decide upon themselves.
- Pupils in each year group decide on the topic they would like to study in the final half term of the year.
Rule of Law
- Each class in our school follows their own class rules, which they have decided and are integral to our learning and ethos every day.
- School rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly promoted.
- Pupils are always helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies and on the playground.
- Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and St John Fisher enjoys visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and St John’s Ambulance to help reinforce this message.
- The Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff and parents and carers.
- Within school, pupils are actively encouraged and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. e.g. by signing up for extra-curricular clubs or taking on extra responsibilities.
- Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and our pastoral support reinforces the importance of making the right choices.
- Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety teaching and PSHE lessons.
- Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged. A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school and any form of bullying is challenged and addressed. The school also operates a robust system of logging incidents.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Respect is one of the core values of our school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, adults and children.
- Pupils are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
- Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
- Links and visits are promoted with local faith communities and places of worship.
- Through the PSHE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.
- Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
- We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected and global dimension work embedded in many of our Creative Curriculum topics and also our links with Ecole Paul Verlaine, with whom we have an annual exchange visit. This offers pupils the chance to reflect on our core values and British values.
Appendix A (further examples of links to how St John Fisher promotes British Values)
- Celebration of European Languages Day and our annual French Café allows children to experience cuisine of different cultures.
- We actively link the development and observation of British laws into our Religious beliefs by exploring how the laws of the land can be attached to the Ten Commandments. We also explore the deeper meaning of such commandments and relate it to the law e.g. ‘though shalt not steal’ – we explore the concept of stealing and help children realize it is not just about stealing physical things – time, love, trust can all be stolen etc.
- The study of Other Faiths is built into our RE Curriculum for all classes.
- The new Code of Practice and disabilities act reflect our British values with regards to our legal duties – this has fed into Tameside Council’s Local Offer to which we have linked our school’s local offer of provision for SEND children.
- Regular opportunities to discuss and raise awareness of British values are sought within other lessons and links made when appropriate.
- Music and dance lessons that link to the different thematic topics throughout school. Also music from other cultures through visiting workshops, e.g. Border Moves.
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