Ethos and British Values
" Love one another as I have loved you. "
Saint Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy has a particular distinctiveness in that it seeks to represent the Gospel teachings of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church, as we strive to develop the talents and gifts of every member of our community.
Saint Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy was founded to pass on to the children the faith heritage of the local Catholic Community. Each child is valued as a unique individual, a child of God, made in the image of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In partnership with parents and parish and with God's grace, the school tries to discern and help the child to develop fully as a person with particular gifts and aptitudes. Guided and challenged by Gospel values, the school aims to provide a community in which the child will grow and experience the love of God, self and neighbour.
LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU
"Indeed the life of faith can only be effectively nurtured when the prevailing atmosphere is one of respectful and affectionate trust. I pray that this may continue to be a hallmark of the Catholic Schools in this country." (Pope Benedict's address to Teachers and Religious - 17/9/2010)
To help draw out the inherent Human Values in every child using the five values (Truth, Love, Peace, Right-Conduct and Non-Violence) and the five teaching techniques.
1. To underpin school life. It is the responsibility of everyone in school to promote our nurturing ethos and to make positive choices about their behaviour, take responsibility for their own actions and promote the development of positive self-esteem.
2. To ensure all staff, children and parents are valued and value others.
3. To provide support in the positive approach to implementing the behaviour and discipline policy.
4. To foster the learning and development of the whole child.
5. To help in the understanding of the role of Human/British Values in the whole school.
6. To make explicit the integration of Human/British Values in school practices.
7. To offer every child the opportunity to develop their character and moral ethics.
8. To help create and maintain a loving, caring, creative and family atmosphere in the school.
9. To provide a curriculum which promotes opportunities for pupils to discuss, practice and apply the principles of Human/British Values.
At St Thomas More Voluntary Academy we actively promote the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We believe that our mission statement enshrines in it the values that are expressed also as British. Since the turmoil of the reformation the Catholic Church has become a key influence in the life of this country promoting a sacramental expression of the Christian faith rooted in the gospel teachings of Jesus of Nazareth alongside a commitment to the traditions, culture and institutions of this country.
We base our faith on love, and crucially, loving our neighbour, therefore making a commitment to the common good of all in our communities. It is our core understanding that explicit in the teachings of the Catholic Church is the role we must play in the socialising and integrating of many families who are new arrivals to our country.
At St Thomas More we believe that values need to be lived out in our daily lives within our school. Everything we think say and do reveals faith in action and everything is centred on the Gospel values of love, tolerance, care and respect for others and this is manifested in all aspects of school life. St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy provides a great opportunity for social cohesion to take place and children and families to live together and learn from each other and therefore experience the values of our society.
We have established a very effective, after school ‘Good Values’ club where children learn and practice the good values of living and working together.
St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever changing nature of the United Kingdom. We also understand the vital role the school has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy is dedicated to preparing pupils for their adult life beyond the formal curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its pupils.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five key British values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs