School Ethos statement
Our St. John’s family nurtures a culture of Christian love and respect for each other and the world around us. Through togetherness, patience and compassion is encouraged. By providing creative experiences and challenge for all learners, children grow in resilience, learn to persevere and develop belief in themselves and build hopes and dreams for their future.
At St. John’s CE Primary School, we work hard to ensure that every member of our school community, pupils, parents, staff and visitors feel safe and included. We are an inclusive school and every child, whatever their individual abilities or needs, is equally valued and welcome here. We expect all parents and visitors to understand and support our inclusive ethos. We are committed to giving all of our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We do this by taking account of pupils’ varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and have high expectations for all children. The achievements, attitudes and well-being of all our children matter. This statement helps to ensure that this school promotes the individuality of all our children.
What does Inclusion mean?
Inclusion is a universal human right. The aim of inclusion is to embrace all people irrespective of race, gender, disability, religious and cultural beliefs, sexual orientation, medical needs or social background. It is about giving equal access and opportunities and getting rid of discrimination and intolerance.
Inclusion at St. John’s
In education ‘inclusion’ describes the right of parents and children to access mainstream education alongside their peers. Inclusion is about providing equal opportunities for all children.
This means that all of the following groups have the same rights:
· boys, girls and any other gender identity
· minority ethnic and faith groups, travellers, asylum seekers and refugees
· children who need support to learn English as an additional language
· children with additional educational needs
· gifted and talented children
· children who are looked after by the local authority
· children with disabilities
· children with medical conditions
· children from families under stress
· children at risk of exclusion
Here at St. John’s we have open, honest discussions with all our children about differences and develop an understanding and respect of people from all abilities and backgrounds. We create an inclusive environment where everyone is treated as individuals and encouraged them to share their own experiences and interests. Different viewpoints and beliefs are respected and any form of discrimination is challenged.
The following policies should be read alongside this statement.