School Mission Statement
Aims and Objectives:
To create for each individual a working partnership between home, parish and school and to foster close relationships with the wider community.
- Recognise that parents are their children's primary educators, foster a spirit of partnership, co-operation, and encourage the development of parental involvement.
- Be consultative and value parental opinions and perspectives when developing school policies.
- Maintain an open-door policy, drop-in policy and have Parents' Evenings in the Autumn and Summer Terms and an Open Evening in the Spring Term.
- Organise Curriculum Workshops.
- Maintain and develop a School Induction Programme.
- Welcome the clergy, parents and parishioners to school celebrations.
- Develop links with outside agencies and local industry.
- Actively support the 'Friends of St Vincent's' school.
- Organise occasions for the clergy, school, families and the community to join in sacramental and non-sacramental liturgies in school and in the church.
- Develop effective communication systems. Through a home learning policy encourage children to develop positive attitudes to life-long learning.
To foster happy caring relationships within a school which offers a safe and secure environment and enables individuals to grow in confidence, dignity and self-esteem.
- Provide an induction process which recognises the importance of creating a safe, secure, inviting and stimulating learning environment which encourages partnership, parental involvement and enables children to gain positive views of themselves as learners.
- Provide a learning environment in which there is care, mutual respect and one in which children can approach adults for help without fear.
- Provide a working environment in which love, fairness, justice, honesty and courtesy are highly valued and each individual is seen as both unique and equal to others.
- Develop in children the qualities of the 6 R’s – Resilience, Resourcefulness, Readiness, Responsibility, Reflection and Remembering.
- Provide an environment in which there is enjoyment, approval, praise and encouragement.
- Provide an environment which establishes high expectations and one in which every child is helped to do things well and achieves success
- Provide a well ordered disciplined environment with rules which are meaningful and relevant and that has an agreed code of behaviour.
- Provide a school in which the adults inspire by example, demonstrate commitment and display a sense of humour.
- Provide a caring environment in which children are never subjected to ridicule or sarcasm.
- Provide a range of extra curricular activities, which broaden children's experience, foster co-operation and develop close working relationships.
- To use a range of teaching techniques which cater for different learning styles.
To provide a broad and balanced curriculum in a Catholic setting, in which each child grows in knowledge and understanding through the acquisition of skills, attitudes and values and so enabling them to become active contributors to society.
- Provide a broad and balanced curriculum through which Christian values permeate and which engages children, is sensitive to individual needs and recognises that children learn best through relevant and worthwhile activities with clear educational goals.
- Build upon success by closely monitoring children's progress through a curriculum which is thoughtfully, creatively and meticulously planned to encourage an imaginative response and structured to ensure continuity and progression.
- Create a learning environment in which there is order and a concern for quality.
- Work in collaboration and share expertise; to be open and self-critical and adopt a philosophy of continuous improvement in every aspect of school work and life.
- Value children's efforts by providing supportive feedback through an agreed marking system, which applauds effort and success.
- Place emphasis on learning and achieving high but attainable challenges especially in numeracy and literacy.
- Provide materials and equipment of good quality and train children in its proper use and care.
- Appoint staff who are well qualified and excellent practitioners and who are actively supportive of the philosophy of the school.
- Provide staff development which fulfils individual and school needs and is supported by an agreed performance management system.
- Provide opportunities for children to take part in voluntary services and charitable works.
To make prayer, worship and liturgy real educational experiences in nurturing the faith development of each individual.
- Ensure that prayer and worship forms a highly significant and integral part of daily life.
- Encourage children to become actively and creatively involved in prayer, collective worship and liturgical celebrations.
- Provide opportunities for quiet reflection and meditation.
- Ensure that the religious aspect of the curriculum features prominently in meaningful and interactive display.
- Be sensitive to the perspectives of those from other Faiths and cultures, to be respectful of their gifts and attentive to their needs.
- Have daily acts of worship which are co-ordinated, have clear purposes and are appropriate for particular age ranges.
- Ensure that budget spending reflects the importance of this area of the curriculum and life of the school.
- Provide opportunities for voluntary attendance to sacramental and non-sacramental liturgies.