Visions and Values
At Holy Rood Catholic Primary School we aim to provide a nurturing and inclusive environment enthused by the Spirit of Christ to enable everyone to make a positive contribution, both to the school and the wider community. We will show love, compassion and respect for others.
A sense of unity will be created by forming relationships that are based on trust, loyalty, forgiveness and acceptance; we will endeavour to act justly and be peacemakers as Christ’s disciples, inspired by the Gospel values.
We will encourage a sense of responsibility and help children learn to appreciate God’s world around them through reflection, mission, prayer, healing and peace.
We resolve to develop a sense of awe and wonder at God’s creation for our children - where creativity flourishes and everyone is inspired to learn, demonstrating a curiosity about the world around them.
We will strive to ensure that all of our learners are able to face new challenges with confidence, in a Christian learning environment where informed risk taking and a resilient attitude are welcomed, encouraged and achieved.
Our positive and enthusiastic approach to teaching and learning will motivate every person. Each will know that they are uniquely loved by God. We will continue to enjoy our learning and reflect on our efforts and achievements, inspiring us to always try our best.
The children will be determined in their daily challenges, gaining confidence in their own ability, imagining what they could achieve with continued effort and commitment and working to fulfil the exclusive plan God has for each of them.
By fully engaging in all aspects of school, children will have had the opportunity to go on to become ambitious and competent individuals, always striving to achieve their full potential and positively participating in God’s world.
At Holy Rood Catholic Primary we actively promote British Values, as defined under the OFSTED Guidance 2014 which states:
"Ensure that the school promotes tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those with no faith), cultures and lifestyles and support and help through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain"
Our visions and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.
Our school promotes equality and accessibility and is aware of the requirements of the Equalities Act 2010. Our policies and provision promotes disability, race and gender equality.
Policies include anti bullying, behaviour policy, SRE and recruitment policy (see SEND page and Policies)
Staff and Governors are reminded of their duties under the act through policies and periodic training
The school promotes equalities in recruitment and professional development of staff and is not required to publish staffing equalities monitoring information.
Equality of Opportunity
The school curriculum promote equality. Pupil progress is closely monitored and attainment data is analysed for different groups. The Governing body and Curriculum Committee review data and progress.
Fostering Good Relations
The school is inclusive with a diverse catchment from various family backgrounds.
The school ethos and atmosphere promotes tolerance, respect and friendship
Assemblies cover relevant issues
Educational Visits, Visiting Theatre Groups and Speakers promote equality issues
Further reading -Equality Act 2010
Our Chaplaincy Team
Our Chaplaincy Team have been very active.
Please click on the link below to visit our Chaplaincy Team News page
Respect Different Traditions and Cultures
Within Holy Rood Catholic Primary and Holy Rood Parish we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of our pupils and families. This enriches our school community and the whole parish community benefits from this. It teaches us to respect different traditions and cultures and links us to the wider global community. We join with our global family when we fundraise for CAFOD during Lent, learning about different countries and communities.
Our School Councillors help to decide classroom rules
Rule of Law
All pupils involved in creating class rules at the beginning of term.
Having a clear behaviour policy that all are aware of.
Explicit teaching of right and wrong and promoting the importance of conscience.
Highlighting the rules of the Church and God in the RE curriculum, for example the 10 Commandments and Precepts of the Church.
Teaching the development of the Rule of Law in English Law, a legal system created uniquely in a Catholic England, inspired by Christian values and becoming a major influence across the world.
Our Mission Statement is inclusive to all.
Respect for others and their cultures and beliefs appears explicitly in our Mission Statement .
Our inclusion Policies are clearly presented on our websites.
There is a zero tolerance to all types of bullying, including homophobic bullying and racist behaviour.
Everybody is seen as being unique and created in the image of God.
Holy Rood Primary and Holy Rood Parish support charitable works such as CAFOD and the 'Mary's Meals' project.
Respect and Tolerance
Respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Within the RE curriculum the topics of Judaism, Hinduism and Islam are covered
Within the RE curriculum we show how Jesus encouraged respect and tolerance of other faiths.
We celebrate festivals in other faiths such as Chinese New Year, Diwali and Hanukkah. (This list is not exhaustive).