Vision and Values
St. John’s CE Primary School Values
‘Fulfilling our potential with God by our side’
St. John’s is a Christian school that empowers everyone to fulfil their unique, God-given potential.
We provide a safe, nurturing learning environment in which children thrive emotionally, socially, physically, creatively and academically.
Through inclusive and inspirational teaching, every child succeeds as a lifelong learner.
We are honest and fair
We are kind as Jesus was kind.
We forgive others as God forgives us.
We are thankful to God.
We show resilience and do not give up when times are hard.
We are able to be all these things because God loves us.
SMSC and British Values
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of our pupils is inherent in our curriculum, our behaviours and the culture of the school. St John’s CE Primary School strives to develop pupils that are responsible and respectful with a strong moral purpose. SMSC supports this development so that our pupils become life-long learners, who play constructive roles as citizens in our diverse and multi-cultural society.
It is the responsibility of all staff at St John’s to ensure SMSC development takes place in all lessons and around the school at all times.
SMSC has four different aspects, formulated to help our pupils grow into responsible members of the community.
We encourage St John’s pupils to display the following traits:
- Spiritual Explore beliefs and experience; respect all faiths but particularly Christianity; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
- Moral Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
- Social Investigate moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.
- Cultural Appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Promoting British values
St John’s is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the Britain. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. St John’s is dedicated to preparing pupils for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its pupils.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The examples that follow show some of the many ways St John’s seeks to embed British values.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at St John’s, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, School Council decisions and ideas, as well as pupils and parents providing valuable input into school/ Trust policies.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at St John’s. Pupils are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted in our Behaviour Policy. Pupils are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service reinforce this message.
At St John’s, pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at St John’s educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety, PSHE and circle time work.
St John’s has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour Policy.
Respect is a strong part of St John’s and is part of its core values. Pupils learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved through equipping pupils with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community.
St John’s strives endlessly to ensure that its pupils leave with the strongest foundation of Christian values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our Society.