Our Catholic Ethos, British Values and SMSC Development
Our Catholic Ethos:
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. The 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 for our pupils, staff and friends of the school.
The promotion of ‘British values’ is central to Catholic education because British values have their origin in the Christian values of our nation. We incorporate democratic principles, value the rule of law, support individual liberty and foster a community in which different faiths and beliefs are respected.
"Pupils develop a good understanding of different faiths and of their place within the local community.This results from the school’s close links with the Catholic Church, as well as with local faith groups." (Ofsted, 2014)
Our aim at Blessed Sacrament 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.
At Blessed Sacrament, we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, play a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. In line with the Catholic ethos of our school, Christ is at the heart of all learning and socialising that takes place in the school day. We therefore aim to give an education that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and the richness of other cultures and a respect for their own faith and other religions.
"The school makes good provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This is helping pupils gain a thorough understanding of life in modern Britain. The school’s deeply held values place mutual respect at its core, which contributes to the Catholic ethos of school life." (Ofsted, 2018)
All curriculum areas have a contribution to make to the child’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development and opportunities for this to be planned in each area of the curriculum. The integrity and spirituality of all pupils from different backgrounds will be respected and explored. The diversity of spiritual traditions will be recognised, and pupils will be given access to alternative views. Adults will model and promote expected behaviour, treating all pupils as unique and valuable individuals and showing respect for pupils and their families. The school community will be a place where pupils can find acceptance for themselves as unique individuals.
|Sustain their self-esteem in their learning experience||Recognise the unique value of each individual||Develop an understanding of their individual and group identity||Recognise the value and richness of cultural diversity in Britain and how these influence individuals and society|
Develop their capacity for critical and independent thought
|Listen and respond appropriately to the views of others||Learn about service in the school and wider community||Develop an understanding of their social and cultural environment|
|Foster their emotional life and express their feelings||Gain the confidence to cope with setbacks and learn from mistakes||Develop an ‘I CAN’ philosophy||Develop and understanding of Britain’s local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions|
|Experience moments of stillness and reflection||Take initiative and act responsibly with consideration for others||Develop their out of school hours learning||Encourage the involvement of parents and carers in cultural development|
|Discuss their beliefs, feelings, values and responses to personal experiences||Distinguish between right and wrong|
|Form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships||Show respect for the environment|
|Reflect on, consider and celebrate the wonders and mysteries of life||Make informed and independent judgements|