Holy Family Catholic School

Langley, Berkshire

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HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC SCHOOL - DIOCESE OF NORTHAMPTON

Aims, Values and Beliefs

We believe our school should be a happy and caring place where children want to come and where they will feel secure. As teachers we aim to create an environment in which children can experience the joy of learning, be valued as important members of the school and belong in a community which celebrates their differences.

We recognise that each child is of equal value and that it is our privilege and responsibility to accept each child into our community. Beginning from their first day and throughout their stay with us, we should have high expectations of all children in order to encourage them to develop their potential to the full.

We believe that every individual in the school should be accorded the respect and dignity which is the right of every person. In all our relationships, we should try to be fair, consistent, encouraging, understanding and compassionate. As a Catholic school, we feel religious education should permeate and, indeed inspire the whole life and work of the school, and we believe it to be our responsibility to instil respect for religious and moral values and an awareness and appreciation of other races, religions and ways of life.

For each individual, we aim for genuine excellence in every sphere of activity: academic, pastoral, social, physical, moral and spiritual. We do not see knowledge as a means of material prosperity and success, but as a call to serve and be responsible for others.

We believe that education is the shared responsibility of parents, teachers, children, Church and the community. Parents have a right to expect that what a child is taught is what a child needs to know and that education should develop a sense of self-respect and the capacity to live as independent, self-motivated people with the ability to function as contributing members of co-operative groups.

We believe that each child has a right to be taught all areas of the curriculum and that we should aim always to cater for the needs of all children, enabling them to develop concepts, attitudes, values and skills through stimulating and relevant experiences. We should help children to develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to academic tasks and physical skills.

As adults, we believe that we should demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning and that this should be ever permeated with the desire to seek that which will best serve the needs of our children. We should strive to develop a personal openness to change but also to model the attitudes and behaviour we expect from our children

We believe that children enjoy success, and become more effective learners once their image of themselves is positive and good.

We believe that this can best be achieved by us working through open and participative structures.

We would like to emphasise the words of Archbishop Murphy in 1958.

" You cannot educate the mind and neglect the heart. When they leave school they will forget quite a number of subjects, but there is one subject they will never forget and that is you. Your person is going to have a greater influence on their future life than all the blackboards in the country."

Reviewed September 2002

 

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