Reviewed by Governing Body 13/03/2019
Responding to God’s commandment “Love one another as I have loved you”.
We, the Governors, Staff and Pupils of St. Hilda’s R.C. Primary School endeavour to build a dynamic and thriving Christian community, where mutual respect is encouraged and every individual is enabled to develop his/her full potential based on the teaching of Christ - The Way, The Truth and The Life.
The school was founded by and is part of the Catholic Church. The school is to be conducted as a Catholic School in accordance with Canon Law and teaching of the Roman Catholic Church and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Diocese of Middlesbrough and in particular:
a. Religious Education is to be in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline and general and particular norms of the Catholic Church;
b. Religious worship is to be in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church and at all times the school is to serve as a witness to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.
1. To enable each member of the school to develop a sense of self-respect.
- We will endeavour to do this through the example given by teachers within their relationship with others.
- Credit is given for high achievement in addition to high attainment within the ability range. Credit is also given for acts of kindness.
- We strive to provide equal opportunities for all at St. Hilda’s irrespective of gender, race, colour, religious, social and cultural background, marital status, age or disability.
2. To be welcoming to all who visit the school.
- We will endeavour to do this by showing courtesy to all entering the building, assisting visitors with information or help they may require.
- By making the physical environment as welcoming as possible, including display boards.
- By ensure entrances to the building are clearly sign-posted and to ensure directions to reception are clearly marked.
3. To build relationships with each other, parents and parish communities. We will endeavour to achieve this by inviting
parents in to school to assist in the education process.
- By participating in parish celebrations and functions.
- By increasing the opportunity for parental consultation and by maintaining good standards of reporting information.
- By inviting parents and parishioners to school based celebrations and functions.
- By co-operating with parents and Parish Priests in the preparation for First Holy Communion.
- By informing parents through regular newsletters of in-school events.
- By involving parents in organising and presenting fund raising events for school and parish.
4. To value the individuality of each member of the school community and help each one to grow in self-esteem.
- We will endeavour to achieve this by consistency in marking throughout the school (see marking policy).
- By verbal and written encouragement and praise.
- By celebrating success in every area of development and reward for this. By Merit Certificates and Good News Assemblies.
- By utilising individual’s skill and expertise, through the performance management system and monitoring arrangements.
- Through access to professional development to further develop the self-esteem of the staff.
5. To provide a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum for every child according to his/her ability.
- We will endeavour to achieve this through thorough whole school curriculum planning in accordance with the new National Curriculum, and based on Cornerstones Creative Curriculum and Come & See religious programme.
- By individual planning allowing for differentiation.
- By use of a variety of teaching methods.
- Through the use of resources, artefacts, visits and outside expertise.
- Through record keeping, teacher and national assessments.
- Through the school’s S.E.N. Policy.
- Through access to a range of extra curricular activities.
6. To make prayer, worship and liturgy real educational experiences thus contributing to the faith development of each member of our school community.
- We will endeavour to achieve this through teaching in accordance with the New Catechism, continuing to develop the use of the Come & See, in conjunction with other resources.
- By actively involving members of our community in the preparation and presentation of liturgical celebrations.
- Through meaningful prayer and, at times, the presence of the prayer tree.
- Through striving to live out our Mission Statement in our daily life
- prayer services.
- religious displays.
- active involvement of the Parish Priest in school.
- Through striving to live by our Mission Statement to love one another as our Father loves us.