Values at La Salette
Our School Mission Statement and Ethos
Our strong Catholic ethos is celebrated through our words, actions and thoughts. We place our Catholic faith and worship at the heart of the school.
“As we learn together, with Jesus and Our Lady of La Salette to guide us,
we will grow in love and respect for one another and the world in which we live.”
We do not see our faith as a static object to be brought out during assemblies, masses and R.E lessons but as an ethos that pervades all we do. We live out our faith in celebration, in our actions every day and in the way we live and grow together.
Our School Vision
La Salette Catholic Primary School places Christ and our Catholic Faith at the centre of all we do. We provide a positive and supportive learning environment that allows all of our children to grow and excel academically and spiritually with the Holy Spirit in our hearts. It is our duty and a privilege to provide bespoke teaching to each child in our care and this philosophy guides all that we do.
We aim to provide exceptional teaching, coupled with challenge and high expectations of ourselves, our pupils and our parents to ensure that no child is left behind and that our school is a caring and inclusive environment, that embraces difference but is united and bound by our common faith.
Our curriculum places emphasis on core academic skills but also on creativity and developing the ability of our children to become confident, moral and social citizens who make a positive impact in our community.
Our vision for the future
- To expand our extra-curricular opportunities; academically, socially and athletically.
- To further enhance our religious curriculum through a programme of religious visits focusing on our Catholic Faith and other world faiths including Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam.
- To increase our portfolio of visits, events and school trips - to increase our children’s access to ‘hands-on’ experiences.
- To raise the profile of our Pupil Voice groups as leaders within our school community and parish.
- To further develop the role of parents as key stakeholders in our school through the establishment of a committed Parent and Friends Association (PFA).
- To become an Initial Teacher Training school; developing teachers and teaching staff of the future.
Gospel Values and British Values
In order to achieve this ethos within our school and the wider community that we serve, there are a number of values and principles which guide our actions in school.
First and foremost are the values that are at the heart of the Gospels:
Love and solidarity
Faithfulness and Integrity
Dignity and Compassion
Humility and Gentleness
Truth and Justice
Forgiveness and Mercy
Purity and Holiness
Tolerance and Peace
Service and Sacrifice
It is clear that as a Christian country Gospel values underpin the values of the British Society in which we live:
The rule of law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Examples of the actions we take to promote British values include:
Having an elected School Council
Highlighting the importance of democratic issues
Ensuring all pupils are listened to by adults
The Rule of Law
We have one rule of "respect"
Having a clear behaviour policy that is explained to all
Highlighting the rules of the Church and God in the RE curriculum, for example the 10 commandments and the Precepts of the Church.
We teach about the Rule of Law in English life, a legal system inspired by Christian values
and a major influence across the world
Encourage students to be independent in their learning
Provide children with opportunities for reflection as they take responsibility for discerning their vocation
Our Mission Statement is inclusive
Constantly promoting respect for others as good manners
Reinforcing the value of everyone’s opinion in class discussions
Having an effective anti-bullying policy
Emphasising that every person is unique and created in the image of God
Having active links with other schools
Supporting CAFOD and other charitable works
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
RE lessons provide pupils with a deep understanding of their own faith as well as awareness of the faith and tradition of other religious communities. This is a basis for understanding and respecting everyone using the witness of Jesus as an example of tolerance in parables and other stories from the Bible such as the Good Samaritan and the Women at the well.