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British Values and Our Catholic Ethos

The government set out its definition of ‘British values’ in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ (2011), which was designed to prevent the extremism and religious radicalization of young people. British values are considered by the present government to be democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. The promotion of ‘British values’ is central to Catholic education because British values have their origin in the Christian values of our nation.

 

Blessed Sacrament is a Catholic school which seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ. We promote these values by our words and deeds, and Catholic doctrine therefore permeates every aspect of the school's activity. We provide a Catholic curriculum, which is broad and balanced, recognising that every pupil is unique and is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to discern their vocation and to be well-equipped to follow it as active citizens in service to the world. Catholic Religious Education is the 'core of the core curriculum' (Pope St John Paul II) and the foundation of the entire educational process. We also provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities and strong pastoral support. We incorporate democratic principles, value the rule of law, support individual liberty and foster a community in which different faiths and beliefs are respected.

 

Our aim at Blessed Sacrament school is to provide our children with a culture and curriculum that effectively promotes all of these key values. This will create a values-driven school that achieves outstanding results for our pupils and for the wider community.

 

"The curriculum promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development extremely well. Thought-provoking assemblies, as well as meditation sessions, make a good contribution to this. Pupils develop a good understanding of different faiths and of their place within the local community and modern Britain. This results from the school’s close links with the Catholic Church, as well as with local faith groups."

Ofsted 2014

 

"The school is determined to include all pupils and their families and to contribute as fully as

possible to supporting cohesion in its local community. Pupils have good opportunities to

enhance their knowledge of other faiths through, for example, the study of Judaism, Islam, and

Hinduism. There have been many opportunities for pupils to take part in events with other

Catholic and non-catholic organisations. The whole drive of the school’s current practice is to

invite the community, especially parents, into the school, as well as reaching out to others

through regular charity activities. International themes and events permeate the school year

and all classes have a welcome board to celebrate the traditions and cultures of those joining

the school."

Diocese of Westminster Inspection Report 2010

 


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