Our Mission and British Values
At St Anne’s we aim to:
Nurture a vibrant Christian Community living with shared values –
- By being a welcoming, celebrating community,
- Through positive role models,
- Through quality Religious Education, enriching daily Collective Worship,
- Through a positive Code of Conduct – centred on Gospel Values & supporting Core Value Statements,
- Through a stimulating, vibrant learning environment,
- Through nurturing relationships & pastoral care,
- Through knowledge, understanding and respect for other Faiths & Religions,
- Through the development of Spirituality, Awe & Wonder.
Celebrate the uniqueness of individuals within our school community & empower them to achieve their dreams & aspirations –
- By knowing each individual,
- By delivering a broad, balanced, enriched and creative curriculum,
- By planning thoroughly to meet the needs of every child,
- By enabling children to move their learning forward, through Quality First Teaching & Assessment,
- By having effective, well-embedded Appraisal Systems,
- By providing all staff and governors with opportunities for Continuing Professional Development,
- By offering additional enrichment activities,
- By giving every child a voice,
- By celebrating every step of life’s journey.
Be a community that fosters positive relationships –
- With Parents & Carers – home visits, open days, an open door policy, newsletters, website, diaries, PTFA, INSPIRE Days, Community Celebrations,
- With Parish – celebration liturgies, sacramental preparation, service of welcome, leavers’ mass,
- With Archdiocese/LA – link advisor, CPD, spirituality courses,
- With Local Community – choir performances, inter-school sports, senior citizens Christmas bingo, Sutton Smile,
- With other learning communities – networks, outside agencies, teaching schools & colleges,
- With National Communities – educational visits/residentials, exchange visits, student placements,
- With Global Communities – supporting a variety of charities, links with schools, exchange visits, learning Spanish!
In all we do,
We Learn to Love & Love to Learn…
British Values @ St Anne’s: 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, MUTUAL RESPECT & TOLERANCE OF THOSE WITH DIFFERENT FAITHS & BELIEFS.”
As a Catholic School, we pride ourselves on ensuring that our Mission Statement of ‘Learn to Love, Love to Learn,’ encompasses these aims and, in addition, we:
Engage with, and value, the views of everyone in our school community – ensuring that every child has a voice and that their opinions are valued. Pupils have the opportunity to be heard through our School Council, Eco Team, E-Cadets and by talking to our Peer Listeners. ‘Big Democracy’ sessions, where pupils debate current issues in House Team groups and make suggestions for school improvement have been in place for a number of years. Outside visitors have spoken to older pupils about democratic systems in our locality and nationally and every year pupils represent the school at the ‘Junior Democracy Debate.’ Pupils of all ages regularly influence the design of lessons and the curriculum as well as deciding how to spend money and help different charities.
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country are consistently reinforced throughout the day, as well as when dealing with behaviour. Pupils are taught about why we have laws and how laws are enforced. Regular visits from the Emergency Services and workshops at ‘Crucial Crew’ reinforce how to keep safe and the consequences of making choices in life. Forest School is the ideal place to learn about rules, boundaries and taking controlled risks.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing they are in a safe & supportive environment. As a school we enable pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know their rights and personal freedoms and guided as to how to exercise these safely – through e-safety and curriculum lessons.
St Anne’s ethos is rooted in Gospel Values and all adults promote respect for others. Feedback from parents attending INSPIRE Days frequently highlights the strength of relationships between staff and pupils. Our SCORE Values: Self-Esteem, Commitment, Organisation, Resilience and Excellence reinforce the need for mutual respect and working collaboratively – often noted at Sports Day when pupils are keen to support each other.
As a Catholic worshipping community, pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through our ‘Come and See’ RE Curriculum and the spiritual life of the school. Collective Worship also promotes the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. We have recently been awarded the Intermediate Level of ‘International Schools’ – in recognition of our work with partner schools in Spain and Sri Lanka.
We welcome a wide range of visitors to school – who are always met with warmth and a smile!