St Matthew’s Primary School Mission Statement
BELONGING | BELIEVING | ACHIEVING
St Matthew’s is a warm and welcoming school where children and adults feel a strong sense of belonging, make positive contributions and are valued as individuals. This is a place underpinned by Christian values where children learn respect for themselves and others. A pupil of St Matthew’s School belongs to a culture of safety, happiness and success in all areas of learning.
Every member of the school ensures that St Matthew’s is inclusive for children, staff and parents. The children feel that they belong and know that their ideas and opinions are valued and listened to. Just around the corner from the Houses of Parliament, our School Council plays an important role to ensure pupil voice is prominent in the school. Children understand British values and understand their involvement in whole school decisions. Our House system helps to provide a sense of belonging across all age groups.
Our dedicated and supportive staff team has high expectations for all children and is always willing to take on new initiatives and challenges. Our community extends far beyond the school gates and we have strong partnerships and support from individuals and organisations based in our local area, as well as nationally and globally.
As a Church of England school, our Christian ethos underpins every aspect of life at St Matthew’s. Our daily acts of collective worship are an integral part of the school day and music is at the centre of school life. The strong links with our parish church and our weekly School Mass for Key Stage 2 classes provide an inclusive, inspirational and spiritual foundation to our school.
We believe that all children should be given the opportunity to flourish and succeed and we take time to ensure each individual child is given the best possible support to do so. We aim for children at St Matthew’s to believe in their success, to love learning and become lifelong learners. We encourage our children to believe in themselves and their ability to achieve the best they possibly can. We aim for all children to think individually and take responsibility for their actions and to acquire skills which will equip them for the rest of their lives. We believe in a positive partnership with parents and carers to encourage our children to be aspirational and fully engaged in their learning.
We are firmly focused on ensuring the best possible outcomes for our children. We are ambitious for every single child and prepare them for life beyond St Matthew’s. We are committed to achieving the highest possible standards, year on year, so that every child succeeds.
We value achievement across the curriculum and encourage children’s individual talents and strengths. Our curriculum aims to engage and enthuse all learners so that they are able to transfer skills in all areas of their learning. We utilise the talents of staff, parents, governors and other members of our community to provide the best possible learning experiences for the children. In the heart of Westminster, the school uses the rich local resources to benefit and expand children’s horizons and enrich their whole primary school experience.
The well-being and achievement of each individual child is at the heart of life at St Matthew’s.
“You are the light of the world” Matthew 5:14
Belonging | Believing | Achieving
St Matthew’s Primary School British Values Statement
To ensure pupils at St Matthew’s CE Primary School understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain, we will promote the basic British Values of:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Pupils demonstrate this by being taught about being fair, learning about democracy and how citizens can influence decision making through the democratic process. We ensure that our children are aware of the damage that extreme views and behaviour can have and know what they must do if they come into contact with them, in order to keep themselves and others safe. The School Council enables the voices of all pupils to be heard within a democratic process. Children are encouraged to make choices knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
The rule of law
Staff and pupils follow the school’s Behaviour Policy and the school’s Golden Rules:
– We are kind and respectful
– We care for our community
– We do our best
– We listen and speak appropriately
– We are honest
Visitors to the school such as the Police, Safer Neighbourhood Team and the Magistrates’ Court ensure pupils have an understanding of the rule of law in life outside of school.
Individual liberty and mutual respect
Through all aspects of the curriculum, Collective Worship and daily life, the school ethos of Belonging, Believing, Achieving ensures that we respect everyone and we respect ourselves. Pupils use buddy systems to welcome new pupils into the school, and children in different year groups have opportunities to read, play and learn together in different areas of the curriculum. Pupils reflect on right and wrong using reflection sheets and behaviour rewards.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We are a multicultural and inclusive school – we value all faiths, people’s religious beliefs and people who have no religious faith. Pupils are taught that people having different faiths or beliefs to their own should be accepted and tolerated and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour. We provide opportunities for pupils to explore their own cultures and have a clear understanding and appreciation of a wide range of cultural influences that have shaped modern Britain.
Christian Values permeate through every aspect of school life.
Christian Values are promoted within the school’s Religious Education Scheme of Work and are the focus in the daily Collective Worship timetable.
At St Matthew’s CE Primary School, all adults will model respect for pupils and adults. Everyone is expected to promote and reward positive behaviour, treating all people as valued individuals.