Our Mission & Aims

Our mission is to provide an excellent education, within a loving, caring community, based on the life and teachings of Christ and traditions of the Church, in which each individual, as a reflection of Christ, is enabled to reach his or her full potential.

We hope to help children to look to Our Lord for guidance and direction in their lives. The Christian Gospel message supports and sustains everything which happens in the school so that the Catholic Christian faith, which is taught explicitly in the classroom can take root in the hearts and minds of all our children.

 THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHOOL

Our aim is to provide an education for each child, which is suited to her age, ability, aptitude and needs so that she is encouraged and helped to reach his/her full potential.

The school also provides an experience of a living Catholic Christian Community, and in this way plays its part in the entry of the children into the full life of the Church and enables Christian values to develop, preparing them for society in general.

We try to encourage each child to:

  • Grow as an independent learner
  • Grow as a collaborative learner, able to share and work and play with others
  • Grow as a reflective learner.

Parents are the first educators of their children. St. Francis Catholic Primary School aims to support and work in partnership with parents in helping their children grow in the faith.

The Governors see the child as being at the heart of the education process and believe that the school’s curriculum must relate directly to each child’s needs as well as the teacher’s skills, the resources and facilities available. Each child needs to be helped to learn and to progress at her own pace, whilst being fully stretched. The child’s development as a responsible social being is considered just as important as the growth of academic excellence. Ability comes in a variety of forms and this school strives to recognise these and reward talents. Every effort is made to help and support those children who have special educational needs.

British Values

British Values….Gospel Values

“Keeping our children safe and ensuring schools prepare them for life in a modern Britain could not be more important. This change is an important step towards ensuring we have a strong legal basis for intervening in those schools where this is an issue.”

“The vast majority of schools already promote British Values. This is about making sure we have the tools we need to intervene if children are being let down.” (Department of Education 2013)

Expectations

Schools are required to actively promote and not undermine “British Values”.

The government has set out its definition of British Values as:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At St Francis we actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils’ character and moral perspective through the teachings of the Church. We are confident that our continued focus on the Gospel Values will give our pupils the necessary awareness of what it means to be a good Catholic citizen in Britain today and embed in them the building blocks of a future life that is both successful and productive.

Through the Values and Virtues Catholic Profile, given by the Archdiocese of Birmingham, we try to show that we are compassionate, loving, hopeful, faith-filled, learned, wise, prophetic, intentional, curious, active, truthful, eloquent, generous, grateful, discerning and attentive in our everyday lives. Through our RE and PSHE curriculum we are able to make real links between the values of our pupils and the lives of others in their community, country and the world in general. Through our creative curriculum we teach about democracy, civic responsibility, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and the richness and diversity of God’s wonderful world.