The commitment to the whole child is reflected in the school’s vision and aims statement.
All aspects of school life are underpinned by the belief that God loves everyone as an individual so we should love and respect others and love ourselves as God loves us.
The Christian ethos is about what we do rather than what we say, although faith is freely discussed and children have many opportunities to question and challenge their own views and those of others.
Respect for different cultures and beliefs is an intrinsic part of the Christian ethos and learning about other faiths is a vital part of the curriculum. Racism is not tolerated and children are taught to value and celebrate diversity and to be proud of who they are.
The Christian ethos is not so much something that is talked about as something that every child experiences everyday in ordinary school life. It is about the way they see others and themselves.
We hope that by being part of a caring, loving community they will grow in their understanding of their own beliefs, whatever they may be, and develop their own sense of self worth.
The principle that we are all loved by God for who we are underpins an emphasis on developing self esteem and on teaching children how to develop positive relationships and resolve conflicts peacefully.
For children who find relationships difficult or who lack self confidence and have low self esteem, a learning mentor provides support in small groups. Every classroom has a peace table which is used by the children to talk about their problems and resolve differences.
Children's successes are celebrated and shared, whilst also developing the view that we learn through our mistakes. They learn to forgive themselves as well as one other and learn to put things right when they get them wrong.
The staff aim to model positive relationships in the way they relate to the children and each other. Our 'no shouting' policy and the genuine care and concern by the staff for every child help each individual to feel valued, cared for and respected for who they are. Hugs and time spent listening are very much a part of relationships between staff and children as well as between the children themselves.
To find out what the Christian ethos means, ask the children. As the following article from the Leicester Mercury shows, they understand well what it means to 'love one another' and have no difficulty understanding how this can be possible with many religions working together in a community which lives according to an ethos that begins with being loved by God.