St John Fisher: Our Vision

At St John Fisher, we strive to create a school community where children and adults achieve their full potential and SHINE! We will achieve this through engagement, high expectations and by treating all with respect and dignity.

  • We promote respect for ourselves, for others, their cultures and for the environment
  • We value independence, developing a deeper level of learning and providing a challenging curriculum which enables our pupils to become active citizens of the future.

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Preparing Children for Life in Modern Britain

At St. John Fisher RC Primary School, we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain.  We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school.  All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, SMSC and PSHE lessons provide opportunities to deepen and develop understanding.  Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.

The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide variety of experiences beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown.  This is through, for example, sporting events and visiting a variety of outdoor education centres.  Their strong-rooted values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.

British Value Statement Evidence Impact
Mulual respect and the tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs Respect is a fundamental value, around which pivots much of the work of the school.  We pay explicit attention to this as part of our RE and PSHE curriculum.  SMSC is present in all subjects and is evident here also.  Respect is a value that is central to our school; being integral to our Mission Statement which is at the heart of all that we do. School mission statement.

Daily ‘Come and See’ sessions.

Work completed during ‘Come and See’ sessions.

Collective Worship sessions.

A newly updated Mission Statement which involved staff, pupils, governors and parents.

SMSC learning walk.

Weekly assemblies.

Children know why respect is important.  They show respect for each other and can express how they feel about different situations.

The children’s good behavior demonstrates their good understanding of this value.

Children are able to talk about other faiths with respect and accept the differences of others.

Democracy The children at St. John Fisher RC Primary School see democracy borne out in a variety of ways and see this as being an essential component of team working.    It is a value that is met when discussing respect and fairness.  All adults listen to the views of the children and value their opinions. The establishment of a new school council each year models the democratic process.

Work completed in RE.

SMSC learning walk.

Year 6 prefects are elected.

Children are able to work cooperatively together in pairs and groups.  They understand the importance of taking turns and use respectful language.

All children know the roles of the year 6 prefects and respect this.

Rule of Law The importance of laws and rules are constantly reinforced at St. John Fisher.  The children are familiar with all school rules and know that they should be followed to the best of their abilities.  The children understand the need for laws and are aware that there are consequences if they are broken.  Our positive behavior policy clearly outlines the rewards and sanctions in out school. School behavior policy.

School and class rules.

Implementation of positive re-enforcement of rules through awarding ‘footsteps’ for good behavior.

School council meet on a regular basis to discuss new initiatives and ongoing issues.

Year 6 prefects support the implementation of school rules.

Close links with community police officers.

Children are able to articulate why we need rules and demonstrate a desire to follow them.

They are able to discuss sensibly different issues and reflect on these with growing maturity.

Individual Liberty Our children are encouraged to be independent learners and are encouraged to make the right choices within a safe and supportive environment.  They are encouraged to think about giving consideration to others whilst exploring their own personal freedoms Independence is planned for in our ‘carousel of teaching’ sessions.

Pupil voice is taken into account in all subject areas.

‘Tea with the Head’ enables pupils to meet with the Head Teacher and share any views and opinions.

E-safety is taught through the new computing curriculum.

Children understand the importance of accepting responsibility for their actions.  They understand their right to be heard in school.

Children are consulted on many aspects of school life and their opinions taken into account.