St George's Catholic Primary School

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The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people's faiths, feelings and values.

sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.

  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning willingness to reflect on their experiences.

At our school:

  • Children are encouraged to express their feelings from the youngest age during RE and PHSE lessons. They are becoming aware of how their faith affects their daily living.
  • The Catholic mission of the school is a priority and central to the life of the school. The leadership regularly monitors and evaluates the provision of Catholic education to ensure that the Mission Statement and Gospel values are the foundation in all that it does.
  • The RE Curriculum allows for the teaching of other faiths.
  • The community is proud of their school and justifiably consider that all children who attend St George’s are developed and nurtured in an ethos of working, living and believing in their daily lives.
  • Parents are well supported at school and they appreciate that their views are sought and acted upon and that they are encouraged to play an active part in developing their child spiritually and morally.
  • Teaching and collective worship provide daily opportunities for reflection.
  • The curriculum motivates pupils, and encourages them to imagine and enquire.
  • We ensure that all pupils at the school have a voice that is respected and valued (see pupil surveys).

      The moral development of pupils is shown by their:

      • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England.
      • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
      • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

      At our school:

      • The RCDOW Section 5 inspection (Nov 2013) awarded a grading of "outstanding" for pupils behaviour and safety, with the team commenting on ‘pupils very highly developed sense of right and wrong and strong moral values’. It was also noted that ‘ The children show tremendous respect for each other and respond to the high standard of care shown to them by adults by responding in a similar way to each other’.
      • Children are encouraged to work for the good of all around them – with the understanding that their conduct and decision making has an impact on people far beyond them. This is in line with our Catholic mission of The Common Good.
      • Relationships in the school are outstanding with the older children genuinely knowing and supporting the younger pupils.
      • Behaviour for learning is consistently good.
      • Pupils adhere to the school’s behaviour expectations at all times.
      • Pupils have the ability to behave well without adult supervision, for example, in the library and prayer room at lunchtimes.
      • Staff consistently follow agreed behaviour policy and procedures, and use rewards/sanctions consistently.
      • Pupils show a well developed understanding of values such as tolerance and respect.

      The social development of pupils is shown by their:

      • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
      • willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.

      At our school:

      • Children have very many opportunities to develop personal responsibility and engage in action to support those in need locally and in the wider world.
      • Year 6 pupils act as Prayer Buddies for First Communion children in Year 3.
      • Children hold positions of responsibility across the school including roles of pupil chaplains, reception buddies, sports leaders, school shop assistants, the school council, library monitors and house/vice captains. As a result, pupils feel valued and included in the life of the school.
      • The pupil chaplains have the opportunity to carry out volunteering at the local neighbor centre supporting the elderly in our community. Our choir and musicians perform at the neighborhood centre as well.
      • We are proud of the way pupils collaborate in their learning and play.
      • Pupils’ SMSC development equips them to be thoughtful, caring and active citizens in school and in wider society. This is evidenced in their responses in their RE books and in their verbal responses in lessons and assemblies.
      • House Captains are encouraged to write to letters to the HT to request to initiate fund raising of their own choice and are encouraged to organise this themselves.

      Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

    At our school:

      The government has set out its definition of British values in the Prevent Strategy. At St George’s Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

      Democracy:

    • We listen to pupil and parent voice. Parent questionnaires are completed regularly, and pupils have the opportunity to complete questionnaires in different areas of the curriculum and their general learning. Children are given opportunities to make decisions such as voting for school councillors and house captains. House Captains write manifestos. Children have the opportunity to choose playground equipment they would like.
    • The Rule of Law:

    • We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. Through our Mission Statement, Behaviour Management Policy and regular verbal communication, children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations (rules) that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken. Children generate their own rules, thus taking responsibility.
    • Individual Liberty:

    • Within school, children 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 children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe enabling environment and effective teaching. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. They are able to comment on their learning and respond to the teacher comments.
    • Mutual Respect:

    • As a Catholic School, our school ethos and behaviour policy is based on the key attributes of Respect & Forgiveness. Our Mission Statement is focused on respect and each week children are awarded certificates for their ability to show respect for others.
    • Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

    • We aim to enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of assemblies throughout the year and incorporating other faiths in our RE curriculum. Children have the opportunity to dress-up in clothes and try different foods from other cultures and we encourage parents and carers to participate and support our multi-cultural events, including Cultural Diversity Week.
    • The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:

    • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others
    • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
    • knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
    • willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
    • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio­ economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
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    At our school:

    • Within the curriculum in particular year groups, opportunities are provided for pupils to learn about democracy. The school council have visited the Houses of Parliament - Autumn 15
    • Our local MP visited school - Autumn 15 - and held a KS2 assembly to discuss his work as an MP.
    • Pupils are able to talk about their learning in various subjects. This is evidenced during lesson observations.
    • Adults and pupils show values such as respect and tolerance in their day-to-day life at the school, both in classrooms and around the school. Our school Mission statement is based around the key value of respect.
    • At St George's we offer a rich curriculum for art, music, PE and drama provided by specialist trained teachers and instructors. Pupil engagement and enjoyment in these subjects is high.
    • We offer a wide range of additional activities outside the classroom to enhance the pupil curriculum experience (see Enrichment Grid)
    • Currently we are working towards gaining The Arts Mark.

St George's Catholic Primary School, Sudbury Hill, Harrow, Middlesex.  HA1 3SB
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