Vision, Values, Ethos & Mission

Descriptions of our mission.

Vision and Values

As teachers we aim to develop our pupils as fully as possible. In many of these areas we will be working hand in hand with you as parents in educating responsible citizens for the future. 

We aim to: 

  • Educate our children in the Catholic Faith, to encourage them to become active members of the Catholic Church and community both now and in the future. 
  • Deliver a broad, balanced, stimulating and challenging curriculum which encourages the children to achieve their full potential. 
  • Provide for equal opportunity and treatment in cross-curricular and extra-curricular activities. 
  • Help the children to acquire knowledge and skills and to apply them with understanding both collaboratively and independently. 
  • Encourage an appreciation of human achievement in the arts, humanities and sciences and to help the children develop their own particular talents and skills accordingly. 
  • Assist the children in developing an understanding, appreciation and respect for our own and other environments and to form a reasoned set of attitudes, values and beliefs towards environmental and economic issues. 
  • Encourage the development of a positive attitude towards self and others, work and leisure. 
  • Help the children to develop respect, tolerance and understanding of other cultural and religious beliefs.

Ethos and School Mission

We demonstrate our Ethos throughout our school mission statement, ‘Learning together in faith and love, we shine as children of God’.  

British Values

The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. The DfE has recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values.’ These are:  

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

At St. Michael’s Catholic Primary School, we are committed to serving our community and local area. In so doing we reinforce British values regularly and in the following ways:  


Democratic values are an explicit part of the ethos at St. Michael’s. All adults listen to the views of the pupils and value their opinions. Pupils have further opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil Voice interviews. The elections of School Council and Sports Council members are the result of pupil votes and all of these groups canvas the opinions of their peers.  

The Rule of Law:  

The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws – that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong and visits from the Police, Fire Service and local councillors help to reinforce these messages.  

Individual Liberty: 

Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Developing their self esteem and self-confidence is very important. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect. All pupils are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global. They are taught consideration for others through our Religious Education curriculum and PSHE lessons in particular. E-safety teaching enables them to make choices in a safe manner.  

Mutual Respect:  

Our school’s ethos and behaviour policy are based on Gospel values, with the important commandment being, ‘Love one another as I have loved you’. Acts of Worship constantly promote respect for others and the importance of good manners.  All pupils are taught the importance of self-respect, honest and open communication with others and fair play. Pupils work collaboratively and value others’ opinions. 

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:  

As a Catholic worshipping community, pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through our Religious Education curriculum and the spiritual life of the school. Acts of Worship and class work promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within Acts of Worship and in class.  

Sports day 2023

Thank you to everyone who came and made our sports day a fun and enjoyable afternoon. Well done to all involved, especially the green team who were the overall winners.

Healthy Heart Workshop

Our children listened very carefully in their healthy heart workshop. Now they know the basics of how to do CPR and use a defibrillator. These are great skills to have.

Shipley Art Gallery

Year 5 enjoyed a trip to Shipley Art Gallery. They looked at a variety of clay items, made their own clay item and looked around the art gallery. 


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