Mission and Values
St. Chad’s Catholic and Church of England School is a secure, friendly and Faith centred community where we seek to realise the full potential of all our members through the living love of Christ.
All our work with pupils, staff, parents, governors, local clergy and the wider community will be influenced by the following:
- All members of St. Chad’s community will be encouraged to love God and their neighbours by following the teaching of Jesus Christ.
- All members of St. Chad’s community have equal value.
- Every pupil and member of staff will be helped to achieve personal fulfilment and excellence.
- At St. Chad’s pupils are cared for and parents are made welcome.
- St. Chad’s will encourage a spirit of friendship and partnership, particularly with homes, parishes and the wider local community which will make us sensitive to the needs, beliefs and cultures of others.
St Chad’s is committed to embracing Christian values and showing honourable purpose in daily living and learning. We are inspired by the words and actions of Jesus Christ, wanting to make learning in our community a personal encounter with God and a preparation for life in all its fullness. These values define the character of our relationships with each other, community and business partners and the world family. Our core Christian values are:
We have faith in God and each other and act with integrity, aspiring not to have more but to be more We show honourable purpose in all we do taking responsibility for our actions by being reliable, honest, respectful, trust-worthy and telling the truth.
“I have come that you might have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10
We welcome and show respect for the dignity and diversity of every person. It is our belief that ‘Every Child and everyone Matters’ to God because we are created in His image and likeness.
“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them.” Gen 1:27
We show we love God and our neighbour by being by ‘treating each other in the way we would like to be treated ourselves’, and paying goodness forward with acts of kindness and charity. Compassion means we are humble and believe in being fair, showing forgiveness and allowing reconciliation.
“Treat others as you would like people to treat you.” Luke 6:31
We co-operate with God and each other to build community and a sense of pride in belonging, within our college, our neighbourhood, and in our world. We co-operate by ‘living simply, living sustainably, and living in solidarity’ with all members of the human family and especially those who are poor.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and Love your neighbour as yourself.” Luke 10:27
We are accountable to God and each other. We show we ‘love God and our neighbour as ourselves’ by being good stewards of our gifts, talents and resources. We believe it is our duty to support everyone to reach their full potential in sustainable communities and a world which is protected for future generations.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace.” 1 Peter 4:10
British Values and Church School Ethos
The government set out its definition of ‘British values’ in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ (2011), which was designed to prevent the extremism and religious radicalization of young people. British values are considered by the present government to be democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. The promotion of ‘British values’ is central to Catholic and Anglican education as British values have their origin in the Christian values of our nation.
"We are proud that Catholic schools promote values that are both Catholic and British, including: respect for the individual, democracy, individual liberty, respect, tolerance and inclusiveness. Our schools promote cohesion by serving more ethnically diverse and poorer communities. Catholic schools provide high standards of education which are popular with parents from all social, economic and faith backgrounds.” Paul Barber (Catholic Education Service 15 December 2014).
At St Chad’s Catholic and Church of England High School we recognise, not only the importance of helping students to flourish academically but also spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and emotionally so they are fully prepared for life in British society and for their role as citizens and are able to make the strongest possible contribution to the Common Good of all. We teach the importance of British Values by going much deeper into the meaning of what it means to live a good life. This is articulated through our Curriculum Policy which states the importance of, “Promoting the spiritual, moral, social & cultural, mental & physical development of pupils at the school and of society and prepares such pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.” This provides the context and meaning for understanding why British values are important. Our framework for understanding British values draws on the example of Jesus and his welcome and inclusion of all, which is developed in Catholic Social Teaching and in the teaching of the Anglican Church. At St Chad’s we provide an education, which focuses on the formation of the whole person and on our vocation and purpose in life. We are guided by our motto: ‘Faith in Ability, Faith in Each Other.’ Faith is our belief in a loving God who calls us to be a steward of goodness and a partner in love. This partnership in love is seen in the Christian understanding of the One God as a perfect community, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God the Holy Trinity calls us to reflect on our vocation in the world to build solidarity, act mutuality and bring cohesion in society so we can live in harmony with each other as brothers and sisters in the family of humanity.
This belief means we place a significant emphasis on the celebration of individuality and difference within our communities and our calling to work together for the Common Good, in the service of others. Our Catholic and Church of England ethos, which includes explicit reference to Christian and British values, makes a tangible difference to the way we work together and with our wider communities. Within this framework it would be impossible to overlook the government’s view of British values expressed as ‘democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.’ The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British values at St Chad’s and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.
‘Members of the school community are bound by the common thread of shared Christian values encapsulated in the school’s motto: ‘faith in ability, faith in each other.’ The students are shining lights for this philosophy in their interactions with each other, their teachers and visitors to school.’ Ofsted 2014
The Rule of Law The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout every day, through assemblies as well as when dealing with behaviour. The curriculum is designed to ensure students are taught the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities this involves and the consequences, when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are regular parts of our learning programmes and help reinforce this message.
‘Behaviour is well managed.’ ‘The school’s work to keep students safe is outstanding.’ Ofsted 2014
Individual Liberty: Within St Chad’s students are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. We encourage students to see themselves as unique individuals able to make a unique contribution to building community. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of E-Safety in computing (particularly the safe use of the Internet) and their tutor time activities.
‘Students’ behaviour is good. Students’ relations with each other, their teachers and visitors are characterized by warmth and mutual respect.’ Ofsted 2014
Mutual Respect: Respect is one of the core Christian values of our school and is modelled by students and staff alike. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments as well as extra-curricular activities such as sport. In line with our commitment to democracy, students are always able to voice their opinions as we foster an environment where students can debate ideas and are safe to disagree with each other. We encourage students to substantiate opinions and to realise the value of co-operation and consensus as well as decision making through voting. Our emphasis on ethics, fairness and justice means that we ask our students to ensure that they look out for those who might be marginalised and disadvantaged. Our unique approach to teaching and learning across the school (the Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme – TEEP) fosters mutual respect throughout the curriculum and our code of conduct promotes the values both of respect and responsibility. The school has taken a very strong stance on social inclusion and anti-bullying through an explicit focus on strategies to enable respect for difference through, for example, reflections on homophobia and other forms of bullying. (All cases of cyberbullying are taken seriously and investigated immediately)
‘Students told inspectors that bullying is rare at St Chad’s, but that should it occur it is dealt with effectively. Students have a comprehensive knowledge of different forms that bullying can take and recognized that it can manifest itself in negative attitudes towards others because of their race, disability or sexual orientation.’ Ofsted 2014
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs This is achieved through equipping students with the ability to develop positive values, understand their own beliefs and their place in a culturally diverse society. We give our students opportunities to experience such diversity within the College community and within the wider community. All students experience a connection with other cultures and beliefs through our RE and PSHE programmes, theme days and local, regional and international links. The emphasis on enterprise, working with others, and learning other languages directly contributes to the appreciation of others perspectives on life. Our Religious Studies curriculum follows the teaching of the Church in providing a broad and balanced education, which includes an understanding of and respect for people of other faiths or none and other religions, cultures and lifestyles.
“Language college status and international links”. As a Christian Language College we promote a common sense of identity and support diversity. Through our links with partner schools in France, China and Kenya we show learners how different communities can be united by common experiences and values. We believe that students at St Chad’s are taught to become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society, respecting other cultures and races.
'The curriculum provides effectively for students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development enabling them to understand the rights and responsibilities of being a good citizen in 21st century Britain.’ Ofsted 2014