English Martyrs Catholic Primary School

Aims and Values

Our Mission Statement is:

With Christ at the heart of our Catholic community, our mission is to:
nurture the potential in each individual,
celebrate achievement,
and develop an awareness of service to God and each other.

Our Motto is:

Where everyone is special.

Catholic Ethos

The school was founded by and is part of the Catholic church. The school is to be conducted as a Catholic school in accordance with canon law and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and in accordance with the Trustees of the Archdiocese of Birmingham and in particular:

  1. Religious education is to be in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline and general and particular norms of the Catholic Church.
  2. Worship is to be in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and liturgical manner of the Catholic Church.

And at all times the school is to serve as a witness to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Catholic School Profile

Pupils in a school in the Archdiocese of Birmingham are growing to be ... Schools in the Archdiocese of Birmingham help their pupils grow...
Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, now and in the future. By encouraging them to know and be grateful for all their gifts, developing them to the full so that they can be generous in the service of others.
Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices. By promoting the practice of attentive reflection and discerning decision making: in teaching, in the examen, prayer and retreats; and through the practice and example of school leaders and staff.
Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words. By being compassionate and loving in the way pupils are treated, especially when a pupil is in trouble; and by opening pupils' eyes to those who suffer poverty, injustice or violence.
Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future. By passing on the living and faith-filled tradition of Jesus Christ; by having persevering faith in the pupils, and by encouraging them in turn, to have faith and hope in themselves and others.
Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.  By developing an eloquent language which pupils can use to understand and articulate their emotions, beliefs, and questions, encouraged by the example of their teachers to be truthful in the way they represent themselves and speak about the world.
Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good. By the breadth and depth of the curriculum; by excellence of teaching, and the creation of opportunities to become more learned and wise.
Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better. By leading pupils to be curious about the universe and all human activity, and to take increasing responsibility for their own learning, and by providing opportunities for them to be active in the life of the school, the Church, and the wider community.
Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others. By being a school community which is intentional in its way of proceeding to build-up quality of life; and which is prophetic in the way it offers an alternative vision of education and the human person rooted in the gospel.

Aims

Within a caring, stimulating and learning environment we aim to encourage children to achieve their full potential.

They will be prepared academically, creatively, physically, socially, culturally and spiritually for the future by...

  • Enabling developing minds to think and work creatively, critically and reflectively.
  • Empowering pupils to reflect on the values needed for them to take responsibility for the future and their place in it, by developing personal integrity, patience, tolerance, understanding and well-being.
  • Encouraging creativity, imagination, improvisation, confidence in risk taking and a thirst for new ideas and understanding.
  • Extending learning opportunities both in and beyond the classroom and developing an understanding of life-long learning.
  • Equipping pupils with the necessary skills and knowledge for a fast changing world and encourage the willingness to adapt to change.
  • Ensuring a basic entitlement to effective learning opportunities and an enjoyment of learning for all.
  • Enjoying a fullness of life through our faith in Jesus Christ and an appreciation and celebration of the impact of God's message through other faiths and cultures.

British Values

As of November 2014, the DFE reiterated the message that schools must promote British values. Advice from the DfE is to do this through SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development), although Ofsted will assess it through the curriculum too. Ofsted wants to see a school ethos and climate that promotes 'British values' at every level. Inspectors will assess 'British values' through SMSC, the curriculum and school leadership.

"We are proud that Catholic schools promote values that are both Catholic and British, including: respect for the individual, democracy, individual liberty, respect, tolerance and inclusiveness. Our schools promote cohesion by serving more ethnically diverse and poorer communities. Catholic schools provide high standards of education which are popular with parents from all social, economic and faith backgrounds." Paul Barber (Catholic Education Service 15 December 2014).

According to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' are:

  • democracy;
  • the rule of law;
  • individual liberty;
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

More information on how English Martyrs School promotes British Values can be read in our British Values Policy.