Vision, Values and Ethos
St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School
Why is it important?
Having a statement of St Patrick’s Vision and Values is very important. This is much more than a series of words printed on paper, to be glanced at and filed away. It sets out what we really value, our high ambitions and aspirations for our children, and how we aim to behave. It is a foundation stone on which we will build. When we think of our policies or our rules, or when we review our curriculum, or when we have an opportunity to improve our building, we will ask what our Vision and Values statement says to guide us. This is the result of many sessions with children, staff and governors – everyone in the St Patrick’s community. So it reflects what we all want. We will keep it in front of us, and we will review and amend it as we grow.
What does Vision and Values mean?
The individual nature of our approach to education can be found in our values, our Collective Worship, our grounded Christian ethos and in our Religious Education. As a Catholic school, we believe every child is made in the image of God and our vision and values build on this and are at the core of everything we do. Our Vision is a short picture of the future that we are seeking to create. Our Values would be regarded as our personality if the school was a single human being. It includes things like our ways of doing things, our expectations of each other, our aspirations for our children, and the care and respect we show each other. Of course our Vision and Values must be consistent with each other. Our Values will help us in achieving our Vision.
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School will be a small wellspring of educational excellence, consistently within the top 5% of schools in England. The School will have achieved this through the nurture of dedicated staff, the creation of a safe and happy environment and the delivery of a creative and rigorous curriculum which inspires and motivates all our children to realise their God-given potential. Children will leave St Patrick’s happy with who they are, confident in their abilities, polite and articulate, and ambitious for their future growth.
We value every individual as a unique creation and gift of God, the diversity of the communities to which we belong and the cultural richness which this brings us.
We value all that brings us together, (our unity), learning through English, living in London a great world city, belonging to the United Kingdom, and of course our faith.
As a Catholic school, we value the virtues of Justice, Temperance, Courage, Prudence, Faith, Hope and Love. They underpin everything that we do.
We see them as connected, with Love supporting Faith and Hope, Faith supporting Justice and Temperance, and Hope supporting Courage and Prudence.
We value learning as it enables us to reach our human potential, to contribute fully to our society and to live happy, fulfilling lives. Excellence and effort in all areas of learning across the curriculum is to be celebrated.We value that our work is valued. We value our reputation. It matters to us that parents care enough about us to bring children to school on time and ready to learn, that Governors give us their time and skills, and that all those who support us in the parish, the Diocese, the local authority and Ofsted care about us.
What this means in practice
For the school overall
In the classroom
In the playground
In the dining hall
On school trips
In the school office
For our Children
For our Staff
For our Parents
For our Governors
For the PTA
We will be mindful that nothing done at the school or in the school’s name should undermine the fundamental British values of respect for democracy, the rule of the law of the land, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
It is because we value our own faith and know how much it matters to us that we can appreciate how much the different beliefs of others matter to them.