Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Chaplaincy team, election of school council and chaplaincy team and Pupil questionnaires. Members of our film club have the opportunity of voting for a film to be reviewed. During fund raising events pupils have the chance to vote for which charities should be supported and which activities should be organised.
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are referred to throughout the year when dealing with behaviour and during 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. Visits from authorities such as the Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
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 advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
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. Displays around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our Behaviour Policy.
We are a Catholic school that recognises and celebrates different faiths and beliefs. This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity e.g. International Week
At different times within the year, our pupils learn about other faiths and their beliefs. In Key stage 2 the pupils learn about the following faiths:
Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by teaching and learning in RE and PSHE.