“ Love one another “ John 1.
St Mary’s is a welcoming school based on our shared Gospel values where we give witness to God’s love, knowing that every child is embraced with the love of Jesus as they pray , play and grow together as friends.
Every child is unique and we are proud of our inclusive and supportive learning environment , where we celebrate each others’ achievements. Children have the opportunity to reach their full potential as we guide them to become life long learners.
We all aspire to do the best we can within God’s family , living Christian values and sharing spiritual links with those in our home, parish and wider community.
Promoting Fundamental British Values at St Mary’s Catholic Federation, Carshalton
The DfE have recently reinforced the 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 government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
At St Mary’s Catholic Federation, Carshalton these values are reinforced regularly through our Mission Statement and in the following ways:
Democracy is evident throughout our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through the pupil questionnaires and School Council whose members are elected annually. Our school’s Behaviour Policy involves reinforcement of positive behaviours.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced, particularly during school and class, PSHE and topic work. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws; that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and consequences when laws and rules are broken.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. 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 and PSHE lessons.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.
Tolerance of and respect for those of all faiths, no faith, different cultures and lifestyles
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based issues have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
At St Mary’s Catholic Federation, Carshalton we see protecting children from the risk of radicalisation as part of our school’s wider safeguarding duty whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences.
We promote fundamental British Values and provide a safe space in which children and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism; assisting their personal, social and emotional development and understanding of the world.