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Mission Statement & School Aims

Mission Statement

St. Patrick's is a Catholic School. 
We are a loving and happy community  following Christ's way, educating children and adults to develop their talents and share them 
for the good of others.  Together with parents/carers, we are at the 
foundations of our children's future.

 

AIMS OF THE SCHOOL

 

Through the Mission Statement we aim:

 

1.   To foster the spiritual and moral development of the children within the context of the Catholic faith, whilst sustaining a respect and understanding of other faiths and beliefs.

 

This is achieved by:

  • Effective, through planning and delivery of the Come and See syllabus, including sacramental and prayer/collective worship celebrations.
  • Example set by staff, children able to see Gospel values in practice, through tolerance, forgiveness and honesty.
  • Children to be made aware that they are valued within their school/Parish communities and encouraged to take part in celebration of weekly mass.
  •  Encouragement of a sense of responsibility within the school and wider community, e.g. use of environmental projects etc. to establish ownership and safe use of the internet.
  • Fostering respect and understanding of other faiths and beliefs through the Come & See RE scheme, school visits and educational T.V. programmes.

2.   To educate the whole child to the very best that they are capable of, through a broad balanced curriculum which recognises, values and enhances all their talents.

 

This is achieved by:

  • Reviewing and monitoring our whole approach to long term curriculum planning, ensuring continuity and progression.
  •  Reviewing and monitoring our medium/short term planning.
  •  Policy documents for each area, with agreed aims.
  •  Weekly planning showing a variety of teaching styles and differentiation of work.
  •  Setting up thorough systems of assessment, which inform future planning.
  • To develop staff knowledge, confidence and expertise in all areas of the curriculum.
  •  Providing interesting activities and experiences across the whole curriculum.
  •  Using praise to reward personal effort and progress (Discipline Policy).
  •  Using a variety of teaching styles.
  •  Encouraging and developing parental support and understanding of the curriculum.

3.   To provide a stimulating environment where positive learning takes place and where children can develop to their full potential.

 

This is achieved by:

  •  Clean, attractive decorated rooms.
  •  Bright, regularly changed displays.
  • Mixture of 2D/3D displays
  • Interest tables
  • Attractive book areas
  • Well labelled resources
  •  Informative displays

4.   To provide a welcoming, caring and safe environment, where children can develop self respect, a sense of individual worth and are able to co-operate with and show consideration to others.

 

This is achieved by:

  • High expectations of standards of behaviour and academic achievement.
  • Opportunities for older children to support and help younger children (children in Y6 given school responsibility).
  • Regular reporting of pupils’ success reflect and value other pupils’ opinions.
  • Encouragement of collaborative work across the curriculum.
  •  A tailored E-safety Curriculum
  • Pupils will be encouraged to take increased responsibilities.
  •  Extra curricular activities available, where children will be encouraged to work as a team.

5.   To foster independent learning and develop an awareness that their personal skills can be used independently to shape their own choices and their future.

 

This is achieved by:

  • Providing easily accessible and well-labelled resources in all areas of the school/classroom.
  • Encouragement and praise of independent activities.
  • Targets set for each year and individual child.
  •  Tasks well matched to ability.
  •   Necessary resources available for each child e.g. dictionary, atlas, thesaurus,
  • Staff awareness of and commitment to taking opportunities to encourage independence.
  • Circle time promoting PSHE

6.   To ensure the children appreciate the value of and essential equality between individuals, regardless of sex, race, culture or disadvantage.

 

This is achieved by:

  •  Including equal opportunity statements in each policy.
  •  Books/resources will be monitored to provide balance of material.
  •  Teachers will ensure that all children have equal access to all areas of the curriculum.
  • Teachers will endeavour to foster a sense of respect for all individuals.

7.   To develop links with home, involving parents in the life of the school and the education of their children.

 

This is achieved by:

  • Regular information letters
  • Two open afternoons per year
  •  Homework policy
  •  Provision of courses for parents when possible.
  •  School VLN and School website
  •   Providing a written annual report.

We consider an open door policy to be essential in order to foster co-operation between home and school and we recognise the importance of parental involvement in the education of all children in our care.

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