Courage Compassion Collaboration
"Do not fear, only believe” Mark 5:36
Our School Vision:
Engaging deeply with learning and life, without fear, and with courage, compassion and in collaboration with our community, we can always succeed in meeting our goals.
“Whoever sows generously will reap generously” 2 Corinthians 9:6
Our School Aims:
Our aim is to inspire excitement for learning, be the BEST we can be and discover how to make a difference in our world through Christian Values, courageous advocacy and BEST learning!
To be a school where we are the BEST we can be:
Children are excited to BEGIN their learning journey, develop and use a growth mindset, feel included and are inclusive to others.
“The amount you give will determine the amount you get back” Luke 6:38
Everyone makes progress by EMBEDDING their learning through high levels of engagement and true collaboration and are immensely proud of themselves and their school team. We use NICE Learning as our vehicle for this.
“Two are better off than one because together they can work more effectively” Ecclesiastes 4:9
Our learning and spirituality is continually STRENGTHENED by application in real-life and meaningful contexts so that it becomes deeply embedded. Whilst individuality and difference is celebrated, our school shares the ambition to ensure all achieve their potential. We all have a clear sense of belonging and team work and unity in our ongoing commitment to learn from each other.
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13
Our Christian values underpin everything we do at St. Nicholas and are a vehicle for both our personal and school improvement. We are committed to making a genuine difference by our actions, however small. We also use the 6Rs to enable us to deliver our core purpose. By being resilient, resourceful, respectful, reflective, responsible and ready for learning, we learn how to optimize our learning, strengthen our school community and ourselves and gain a working knowledge and be proud of our British values.
“Little children, let us love not in word and speech but in action and truth” John 3:16-18
Through Courageous Advocacy we aspire to:
St. Nicholas CE School has a ‘No Place for Hate’ Pledge which the school community signs up to every year. It includes a Declaration to which we
commit to ensure our school is free from prejudice and hatefulness. We also are strong advocates of Children’s Rights and regularly support UNICEF in its work as championing these both in the UK and overseas. Our pupils understand their own rights and also appreciate how they need to respect the rights of others, ensuring all members of our school family are fully able to realise their rights. We create global awareness and challenge individual perspectives through OREO time, where adults facilitate debates and discussions focussing on current affairs from around the world. In order to be strong members of society, St. Nicholas School values above all else, individual health and wellbeing, and specifically strong mental health. It will support children and families with the tools necessary to navigate pathways through diversity to find inner strength and a sense of empowerment over life’s circumstances, ultimately leading to the nurturing of a greater sense of wellbeing and happiness.
God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control Timothy 1:7
Schools should 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.
Through their provision of SMSC, schools should:
• enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
• enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
• encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
• enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
• further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
• encourage respect for other people; and
• encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
The list below 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 wellbeing 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 combatting discrimination