St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary & Nursery School value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertakes a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We are fully committed to preparing our children for life in modern Britain promoting fundamental British values. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world and the wider world.
Gospel Values ~ Service & Sacrifice, Humility & Gentleness and Equality
Democracy is an important value at our school. We have a student council which meets every other week to discuss issues raised in class and whole school initiatives. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class. Additionally, we take part in School Parliament which is run by the local council, as well as having an active relationship with our school governing body.
Pupils are encouraged to take on leadership roles within the school environment including; Maths Ambassadors, Reading Buddies, Digital Leaders, RotaKids and Eco Leaders.
We actively encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school. We regularly collect pupil voice to support with our school development planning.
The Rule of Law
Gospel Values ~ Truth & Justice, Forgiveness & Mercy and Courage
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at St Cuthbert’s. We have clear and defined school values – Be the best I can. Be kind to one another. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules, values and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Our school behaviour policy is clearly explained to all of our children. Children are encouraged to make the right choice, taught to self-reflect, recognise when things go wrong and understand how to make amends. Our behaviour policy involves a house reward system, which our pupils devised. Pupils are divided into 4 houses – Rose, Daffodil, Shamrock and Thistle. The house system has a positive impact on motivation and behaviour, as well as encouraging a sense of identity and belonging among our pupils.
Gospel Values ~ Faithfulness & Integrity and Purity & Holiness
At St Cuthbert’s, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our Collective Worship sessions, eSafety, PSHE and RSHE lessons. Pupils support in planning the extra-curricular enrichment opportunities that we provide. Pupil voice is collected which then allows staff to carefully select the clubs that we offer to our school community.
Mutual Respect & Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Gospel Values ~ Dignity & Compassion, Tolerance & Peace and Equality
Mutual respect is at the heart of all we do. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Incidents where children are not being respectful are dealt with in line with our Behaviour Policy. Our bespoke PSHE curriculum provides crucial opportunities for our children to explore the concept of relationships in depth. We explore concepts such as – families & friendships, safe relationships and respectful relationships.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary & Nursery School consists of a diverse community. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education, RSHE and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. We have a commitment to exploring our diverse school community. For example: by providing language and learning support to groups of children from different cultural backgrounds and actively celebrating other faiths and cultural festivals. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Diversity is mapped carefully throughout our curriculum, identifying further opportunities to strengthen our understanding.