We believe that St. Raphael’s School exists to be a vibrant, worshipping and welcoming community – a living example of our faith.
We all have an important role to play in building our community. This is reflected in how we learn, laugh, play and worship together, showing care, respect, support and forgiveness and for each other as we walk with Jesus.
On our journey together, we are a sign of God’s presence to each person we meet.
Therefore, each day we do our very best in our search for truth and justice and all that we do.
As a strong, supportive community, we reach out to others and recognise our responsibility to make this a better and fair world for all.
As we walk with Jesus we love, live and learn.
In order to fulfil the spirit of our mission, we aim to:
In 2013 the Department for Education said,
“Keeping our children safe and ensuring schools prepare them for life in modern Britain could not be more important. This change is an important step towards ensuring we have a strong legal basis for intervening in those schools where this is an issue. The vast majority of schools already promote British values. This is about making sure we have the tools we need to intervene if children are being let down.”
Schools are required to actively promote and not undermine “British Values.” The government has set out its definition of British Values as:
At St. Raphael’s as a Catholic School we actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils' character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Church.
We are confident that our continued focus on our Faith, the Gospel Values and placing God at the centre of everything that we do will give our pupils the necessary awareness and understanding of what it means to be a good citizen in Britain today. This embeds in them the building blocks of a future successful and productive life.
Through Mission statement, RE, PSHE, SMSC and promoting The Common Good we are able to make real links between the values of our pupils and the lives of others in their community, country and the world in general.
Through our Creative Curriculum we teach about democracy, civic responsibility, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and understanding of other faiths.
Democracy – what do we do?
Rule of law – what do we do?
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced on a daily basis, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us,the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Individual liberty – what do we do?
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons.
Respect and tolerance – what do we do?
At St. Raphael’s school our ethos and behaviour policy revolves around Core Values such as respect. As part of our journey towards becoming a Rights Respecting School pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown everyday. Displays and posters around the school remind children about the respect for others and the UN Convention on the rights of the child.
By learning about the convention, children are aware that
We value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these and these are built in to our whole school Curriculum Map. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all of these is a range of curriculum topics, which have strong links to British values.
Over the past few years as a whole school, we have celebrated topics such as
On a more general level, the school undertakes assemblies, which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within formal RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days. The RE curriculum also focuses on Other Faiths and where possible we have speakers from other faiths visit the school.