Vision and Values
At St Michael's our vision is: Courage to Flourish in the Love of God.
Acknowledging God as creator of the world and everything in it, we treasure the Old Testament image of everyone being unique – fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God.
We claim the universal promise of Jesus – who offers life in all its fullness for everyone, no exceptions. We recognise our responsibility to enable a lived coherence between these theological ideas and the experiences, opportunities and achievements of everyone – adults and children.
We are inspired by God’s charge to Joshua to be courageous in the face of uncertainty and difficulty and to be confident that God journeys with us in these.
In our school community we recognise the circumstances and challenges of the individuals and families who make up our school family. We courageously embrace these and commit to transforming lives, and learning, so that each person can be the full version of themselves, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually, as God intended.
We will work to to achieve this by:
- Creating an aspirational culture in which everyone matters and has the courage to speak up and act for themselves, others and the world
- Offering an aspirational curriculum, rich in opportunities and experiences, that will inspire each person to grow socially, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually, finding and developing individual gifts and talents
- Developing teaching and learning strategies of the highest quality that cultivate transferable learning dispositions. Developing resilience and a growth mindset so that pupils learn without limit, reaching for at least age-related achievement
- Treasuring and celebrating diversity in our community and the wider world and challenging stereotypical expectations
- Embracing everyone in God’s love, and through worship, inspiring everyone to have the courage to share this by living our biblically based Christian values in our daily lives - in our attitudes, relationships, behaviour, choices and decisions.
Our School Values
Our core Christian values have been chosen so that living them in a real way, in the life and work of our school and community, helps everyone to encounter ‘life in all its fullness’.
In collective worship, stories from the big story of the bible, help us to understand why the values are important to us and how they can inspire the way we live our lives.
Biblical texts that underpin our values
'I can do all things through him who strengthen me'.
‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’
1 Thessalonians 5:18
‘Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is gods will for you.’
Love and Forgiveness
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
‘Love is patient and kind; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth’.
1 John 1:9
‘If we confess our sins, he is just and will forgive us’.
Proverbs 3: 5-6
‘Trust in the lord with all your heart land lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.’
‘Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good.’
Our School Prayer
God of Love
Bless our school and make us strong and courageous in everything that we do
Help us to flourish in the love of God
Promoting British Values
We are proud of our strong 'Values Curriculum' at St. Michael's C of E Primary school as everything is underpinned by our school values.
It is a school-wide expectation that every member of our team conducts themselves with pride and models these values for others. Values-led learning is enhanced and developed through Personal, Social, Moral and Health (PSHE) education but it is interwoven into everything we do in our school community, aiming to have an aspect of spiritual, moral, social or cultural reflection in every lesson. We believe that this deepens self - confidence, appreciation, empathy, respect and understanding of others each and every day.
Schools are now required to show that they are actively promoting British values. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These are the values of:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
We actively encourage democracy at St. Michael's, running a successful and popular School Council. Each class has two representatives and each week they meet to discuss how to improve the school. A termly action plan is written by the School Council which is reviewed for its impact at the end.
To enhance this further, all children are asked to complete a questionnaire annually where they can put forward their ideas and views about the school.
The Rule of Law
The relevance and importance of laws, those that are set to govern our classrooms, the school, or indeed our country are consistently reinforced within school.
Our Behaviour Policy teaches boundaries, recognises pupils fulfilling expectation, rewards those who go above and beyond, and supports pupils to improve if they do not live up to the expectation. We believe in a justice approach resolution, ensuring that all pupils are listened to, conflicts are resolved peacefully and children have a clear understanding of why their behaviour was inappropriate and how they could manage it differently in the future. We promote mutual respect at all times.
We have excellent links with the local community, including the Police. We receive regular visits from them to help children understand the importance of rules in the community.
At St. Michael's, pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of E - Safety in computing.
Respect is at the core of our school et hos and is modelled by pupils and staff alike. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments. We foster an environment where students are safe to disagree with each other. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum for example we teach the concept of 'fair play' in PE and games. The school rules are based around Respect with it mentioned in all areas.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
As a Faith school situated in a diverse community and city, St. Michael's C of E Primary is committed to celebrating different beliefs and faiths.
Our RE curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. This year we have celebrated the different faiths with a 'Faith Week' which was enhanced by visits to places of different worship. This enabled the children to determine the similarities and differences between the different religions.
Should you feel that the school is not meeting this requirement, you should contact the school office and request to express your concerns with the Headteacher. Likewise, if you feel that anyone working at the school is undermining these values you should report this to the Headteacher.