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Our Vision Statement & British Values



British values have strong links with our vision statement and we actively promote British values in a range of areas.

 We develop the value of democracy through our active promotion of the democratic process. Elections are held for our posts of responsibility for House and Vice captains and our school committee. The rule of law is promoted through our ongoing PSHE programme and reflects our vision in trying to achieve the highest possible personal achievements. Knowing the difference between right and wrong is a fundamental understanding that helps us recognise Christ in everyone. Individual liberty is promoted through our RE curriculum with pupils expected to take personal responsibility. It is strongly reflected in how we want pupils to treat one another reflecting the fact that we value Christ in everyone. This is undertaken across the curriculum including assemblies, daily worship and our liturgies. This encourages respect for others, tolerance for differences and a recognition that people may have different faiths and beliefs. This is reflected in our RE curriculum where world religions are covered in each year group.

Our welcome to families and visitors is the drive for our vision. We want people to experience and see Christ within our pupils. We promote the gospel values of faith, diligence, sensitivity, tolerance and respect for others. This is reflected by the Social Moral, Spiritual and Cultural focus of the school. We want our pupils to grow up to be hardworking, have a developed understanding of what is right and wrong, be good citizens and find Christ in everyone.

St. Joseph’s vision is active and drives all that we do in the school. It is shared with all our pupils, staff and Directors/Governors and revisited annually to maintain both the focus of the vision and ensure that it is effectively shared within the school community.

There are many practical examples of how this happens every day in school. Our school committee supports many local and national charities. Our school choir visits residential homes for the elderly. Our walking champions encourage pupils and parents to act as responsible citizens and walk and stride to school. We run over 20 extra-curricular clubs throughout the school. We have a very active school committee. Our school Chaplain promotes and complements our focus on Gospel values. We are partners with different schools both in this country and in Europe. We are a Fairtrade school promoting fairness throughout the world.

Updated September 2022.

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