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Values & Ethos

Aims & Values

At St James Church of England Primary School, Handsworth we intend to

  • Provide a learning environment in which children can flourish because they are safe, secure, cared for, challenged, motivated, encouraged and independent.
  • Support children in developing high self-esteem, because they are highly valued and have many opportunities to achieve.
  • Provide equality of opportunity and access to the curriculum to all children.
  • Support the children to achieve the highest level of academic success through high expectations and personalised learning opportunities.
  • Prepare our children for life by nurturing their knowledge and skills and the ability to apply them.
  • Open our children’s minds to a love of learning that will stay with them throughout their lives.
  • Provide an excellent curriculum, which provides a wide and varied range of learning experiences.
  • Nurture in our children the qualities of good citizenship: having a strong moral code, positive behaviour, self-respect and respect for others, the desire to make a valuable contribution to society and be safe from negative influences.
  • Develop a strong partnership with our parents and carers to bring about the best education for our children.
  • Understand and respect the cultures and faiths of Handsworth within our curriculum and participate fully in our local community and at the same time encourage awareness of life and issues around the world.
  • Help children to recognise the value of religious belief, including the implementation of the Birmingham Agreed Religious Education Syllabus, which was specifically designed to promote community cohesion.
  • Model and teach morality and spirituality based on Christian values, recognising that these values are shared with the religions of our community and incorporating teachings from them.

The Anglican ethos at the heart of our school community

As a Church of England school serving our multi-faith community, we believe that we approach children's learning from a unique starting point, believing that each person is made in the image of God and therefore precious.

This means that we are accountable to our whole community and available to it. We do not negatively differentiate between pupils for any reason and we embrace diversity as a rich resource. We see the nurture of every child who wants to come to our school as our central role, whatever their needs.

Our starting point underpins our approach to inclusion and development of the 'whole child' through strong spiritual, moral, social and cultural strands within our curriculum.  This involves our drive to enable our children to create and be part of the community of the future based on their knowledge, understanding and positive valuing of the backgrounds of their peers and other community members.

We are very clear that our parents and carers have chosen us, in part, because they share with us the value of our Christian ethos for the development and achievements of their children. We are proud to declare our faith-base as a school.

Our Christian character and message informs the life of our school and what it stands for. At the same time we remain aware of the wide community of people within our Church school. In this context of plurality it is very important to celebrate diversity and to value it.

Developed by Governing Body on 22nd January 2015

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