Building the House on Rock
Whitefriars flourishes by encouraging ambition, growing resilience and making community.
In September 2019, we launched our new school vision: ‘Building the House on Rock’ based on the bible verse Matthew 7:24-27 “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock..” Our vision is that all children at Whitefriars, as they move through our school, develop their character, which we define as a set of positive personal traits, dispositions and virtues that informs their motivation and guides their conduct so that they reflect wisely, learn eagerly, behave with integrity and cooperate consistently well with others. This gives pupils the qualities they need to flourish in our society
The school aims to preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England. Whitefriars aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.
Our purpose is to offer a broad and balanced education of the highest quality in a happy, stimulating, secure and caring environment based on equal regard for each individual by:-
Helping the children to develop a life-long love of learning and discovery.
Fostering self-respect and independence in the children whilst building their confidence and sense of achievement.
Fostering links with the community, the local early years forum, cluster schools, associate churches and maintaining an effective partnership with parents.
Recognising and responding to the specific needs and abilities of individual children.
Creating an atmosphere where all staff feel valued and supported and in which appropriate training and resources ensure high quality teaching and learning.
We intend to achieve these aims by:-
Providing a balanced and broadly based curriculum incorporating the Early Learning Goals and the National Curriculum, effectively using appropriate resources and suitable learning programmes in order that all children may achieve their potential.
Developing and maintaining procedures for assessing, monitoring, evaluating and recording the work of the school in order to achieve continuity, progression and consistency within and between Key Stages and Phases of education.
Enabling the children to work together in harmony to develop a sense of responsibility, mutual respect and tolerance.
Providing experiences which will promote children’s social, cultural, moral and spiritual development as exemplified by the teachings of the Christian faith, in accordance with the doctrines of the Church of England, whilst having regard for the beliefs of other faiths.
Helping children to acquire skills, knowledge and understanding and the will to use them.
Encouraging the development of children who are communicative, articulate and receptive to new ideas.
We see all pupils, potential pupils, their parents and carers, and staff as of equal value:
- Whether or not they are disabled
- Whatever their ethnicity, culture, national origin or national status
- Whatever their gender and gender identity
- Whatever their religious and non-religious affiliation or faith background
- Whatever their sexual orientation
- Whatever their marital status
- Whether they are currently pregnant or have recently given birth
- Whether or not they have a connection with the forces community
- Whether or not they have refugee / asylum status
- Whether or not English is their first language
We recognise that treating people equally does not necessarily involve treating them all the same. We recognise that our policies, procedures and activities must not discriminate but must take account of diversity and the kinds of barriers and disadvantage that staff, parents/carers or pupils may face in relation to their protected characteristics:
- Disability – we note that reasonable adjustments may need to be made
- Gender (including transgender) – we recognise that girls and boys, men and women have different needs
- Religion and belief – we note that reasonable requests in relation to religious observance and practice may need to be made and complied with
- Ethnicity and race – we note that all have different experiences as a result of our ethnic and racial backgrounds
- Age – we value the diversity in age of staff, parents and carers
- Sexual orientation – we respect that individuals have the right to determine their own sexual identity and that they should not experience disadvantage as a result of their preference
- Marital status – we recognise that our staff, parents and carers may make their own personal choices in respect of personal relationships and that they should not experience disadvantage as a result of the relationships they have
- Pregnancy and maternity – we believe that our staff, parents and carers should not experience any unfair treatment