St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School is an inclusive school underpinned by our Mission Statement of “Serving with Love, Striving for Excellence.” Our children are our raison d’ etre as we prepare them to take their place in society, empowering them to become responsible citizens who will contribute positively, locally, nationally and globally.
The core British values include:
Our School Officers are nominated by their peers and participate in elections with children from Key Stage 2 and staff voting for the posts of Head Girl, Head Boy and their deputies.
Additionally, St. Vincent’s has a Bright Ideas Group comprising of two pupils from each class who are nominated by their classmates. The group meets regularly in a discussion forum with the aim of working towards improving both our school and wider communities. Recently, the Bright Ideas Group has been involved in contributing to planning the refurbishment of our outdoor play areas, liaising with the Ground Works Team responsible for the scheduled works. Group members then feed back to the classmates on the decisions made and future developments.
Children are encouraged to make “Good” choices by all adults employed working within our school. Such choices are constantly reinforced by themes covered in PSCHE lessons. Our Buddy, Prefect and House Captains systems encourages the development of leadership qualities together with a collective sense of responsibility. Through a system of House Points children’s behaviour and attitude to learning is fostered and enhanced. Children in positions of responsibility are encouraged to be positive role models for their peers.
E Safety plays are a vitally important part in the life of our school as children are frequently reminded about the importance of making safe choices when using the Internet.
The Rule of Law
As a Faith School great emphasis is [placed upon the Core values of respect, tolerance, forgiveness and care for others. Our school’s behaviour Code reflects such values. Furthermore, we emphasise the need for order whilst working together in harmony. Our Neighbourhood Police Officer, PCSO Rachel, is a frequent and welcome visitor to school.
St. Vincent’s ethos is centred upon mutual respect and the belief that all members of our community are deserving of respect. A cross-curricular approach ensures that this value is promoted through all aspects of the life of our school, where the individual is cherished and encouraged to understand the effect of behaviour and attitudes to others.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
The Archdiocesan Religious programme, Come and See encompasses the study of world religions and different Faiths, with educational visits to local mosques and synagogues. Our school’s diversity is celebrated and children are taught that the faiths and beliefs of others should be accepted.