The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales issued a document entitled ‘The Common Good’. In 1996 they said ‘…in the spirit of good citizenship all members of the Catholic Church must accept their full share of responsibility for the welfare of society. We should regard the discharge for those responsibilities as no less important than fulfilling our religious duties and indeed as part of them’. It is with this in mind that St Anne’s Catholic School continues, like all Catholic schools, to fully prepares the young people in our care for a life in modern Britain.
The Department for Education has provided a list that describes the understanding and knowledge expected of pupils as a result of schools promoting fundamental British values:
An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their well-being and safety;
An understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;
An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
An acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and an understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination.
At St Anne’s we promote these values through the curriculum, PSHE, careers, extra-curricular activities and our work with the local community. Examples include:
A well-established school student leadership programme.
Democratic ideas, the rule of law and the development of British society are explored in a number of curriculum areas including history lessons
Students and staff vote for Head Girls
Student voice is a feature of St Anne’s Catholic School and students are confident that we listen to them
Students access a number of educational visits.
St Anne’s Catholic School has a clear Behaviour policy including Restorative Justice
St Anne’s Catholic School works with the police service and this compliments the strong moral ethos that underpins our Catholic mission.
St Anne’s Catholic School highlights core Christian values in the RE curriculum and throughout the school.
We encourage students to be independent in their learning
We provide students with opportunities for reflection as they take responsibility to explore their vocation in life for example, Reflection Days, careers, PSHE, work experience and assemblies.
Opportunities for student leadership allows them to shape the life of the school.
We constantly promote respect for all
We reinforce the value of everyone’s opinions through class debates in RE/Sixth Form
We have an effective anti-bullying policy
We emphasise that every person is unique and “created in the image of God”
We have an active link with other schools, establishments and outside agencies.
We pride ourselves on the Charitable work undertaken by our students and staff
We promote opportunities for students to explore and gain a deeper understanding of their own faith as well as an awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities as a basis for understanding and respecting them
We highlight the gospel values through assemblies and tutor time by using scripture to explore tolerance as taught by Jesus Christ