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 and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
First and foremost we recognise that our role as a Catholic school is to uphold our Catholic values and our mission statement that:
‘’With respect for God and united in faith, we place service before self to inspire hearts and minds. By achieving together through our love and faith, we place Christ at the centre of all we do’’.
Pupil voice, as well as parent/carer voice, plays a central part in developing school improvement priorities. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. The children have the chance to elect a representative from each class who they feel will represent their classes views. The meetings are supported regularly by a member of the school Senior Management Team. The children have been involved in giving their thoughts to the learning environment both inside and outside. The School Council also plays an important part in staff recruitment. Additionally we have Sports Ambassadors who are elected to represent classes. The Sports Ambassadors have had their say in extra-curricular clubs and in the purchase of PE equipment.
The Rule of Law
Staff consistently reinforce the high expectations of pupils at St Gregory's Catholic Academy. From an early age pupils are taught the school rules of the academy.
The school actively promotes and models the rule of law through our behaviour policy which ensure that school rules are clear and fair, distinguishes between right and wrong and is linked to justice, based on the Christian value of forgiveness.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind these expectations; that they are there to protect us and that everyone has a responsibility and there may be consequences when rules are disregarded.
At St.Gregory's Catholic Academy, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. The school provides pupils with opportunities to learn about what makes a good choice. Pupils are encouraged to express their views and teaching and learning incorporates their preferences and interests.
At St Gregory's, our Christian values of respect and tolerance permeates all areas of school life. This generates a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and facilitates the fulfilment of their God given potential.
The schools ethos and aims promote respect for God, ourselves, property and others. This is reiterated through our classroom and school Rules. All staff demonstrate respect to everyone with whom they come into contact. They consistently model and promote the behaviours and attitudes that are the foundation of positive relationships.
Mutual Respect of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
St.Gregory's Catholic Academy is a Catholic Academy and we are proud of our Religion and its teachings. Jesus taught us to “Love one another as I have loved you.” The school promotes respect for individual differences by reflecting the Gospel Value of God loving us all and calling us to show tolerance and respect for all faiths, cultures, gender and age.