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St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

Our Values & Mission Statement


Our Mission statement shows that our school is deeply committed to promoting mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Religious Education is the foundation of our curriculum and our children are taught to love others and be Christ like.


Children study World Faiths as part of the curriculum and during June we were visited by Iman Mohammed who led an assembly for Year 4, 5 and 6. We also have an assembly led by a member of the Jewish community in the Autumn Term. Our International week held in September also promotes our understanding and respect.


At the beginning of the school year the children in each class think about our Mission Statement and children rewrite it in their own words. It supports the British Value aspects of the ‘rule of law’. The Mission Statement is what we live by in school. All we expect from the children relates to it. We do not have a set of formal school rules as we want children to be able to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own behaviour. We encourage children to think for themselves. However the children do decide on Class Rules at the beginning of the school year and all are expected to follow the school Courtesy Code.

Children are also taught about the law during our EPR/ PSHE programme - personal, social and health education. In addition every year the children are visited by our support policewoman to learn about the law at an appropriate age related level.


Our School Council is composed of 16 Year 6 children which allows many children to have the responsibility of representing ‘Pupil Voice’. Children are elected in the final term of Year 5. They write election speeches and present them to their Pastoral Care groups. Elections are then held. Any child not elected can be an associate member of one of the three School Council committees. This year one of the ways the School Council has impacted on what we do as a school is that we have changed our PE bags from having one handle to two as the older children found that the one handle dug into their shoulders.


We value the views and opinions of all children and we act on their thoughtful ideas. Children can talk to the School Councillors during PC group times and there is also a suggestion box. Children contribute to writing our policies such as The Anti Bullying Policy and The Behaviour Policy. Various improvements suggested at these times are incorporated into the policies.


Children are also taught about democracy within the curriculum, particularly in history but also linked to national and local events such as the recent elections for a new government.

In July 2015 schools were given additional guidance. Schools are expected to help prevent radicalization and extremism through the promotion of British values, SMSC and character education. Fundamental British values have been defined as ‘democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’.

At St Bernadette’s we promote these values every day. Our mission Statement is very clear:

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Children at our school are taught to stand up for others and we daily raise children’s awareness of fairness, equality and non-discrimination. We support many local, national and international charities. Our School Council Social Justice Committee is always thinking of ways to support and help others.