Community, Ethos and Values
Notre Dame is a Catholic school which seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ. We promote these values by our words and deeds, and Catholic doctrine and practice therefore permeates every aspect of the school’s activity. We provide a curriculum, which is broad and balanced, recognising that every pupil is unique and is created in the image of God (Gen 1:27).
Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to discern their vocation and to be well-equipped to follow it as active citizens in service to the world. We incorporate the British Values of Democracy, the Rule of Law, Mutual Respect, Individual Liberty and foster a community in which different faiths and beliefs are respected.
Our Core Values
Our core values support our students, staff and parents to:
- Be people of integrity, tolerance, respect and compassion
- To serve the common good of society
- To live out our duty as responsible citizens living in a lawful democratic community
- To be people of hope and aspiration
- To be confident and happy
- Be people who celebrate diversity
Mutual respect for each other’s beliefs remains firmly rooted in our work as a cohesive Catholic community in preparing our young people for life in the world and in Britain today. This is expressed through the idea that every individual is unique and made in the image of God and therefore greatly treasured and loved.
The Role of the Catholic Church in Education
The Church provides Catholic schools to:
- Be a service to society. To serve the human person and society and enable them to develop an understanding of their communal obligations, personal aspirations and role as citizens in society and the world.
- Assist in its mission of making Christ known to all people
- Assist parents , who are the primary educators of their children, in the education and religious formation of their children
- Be at the service of the local church – the diocese, the parish and the Christian home
As a school we make the most of opportunities to promote these values within our policies, our curriculum, e.g. PSHE, RE, History, Politics, and within whole school activities such as assemblies, charity collections and elections for Head Students and members of our School Council. Our Catholic ethos provides both a depth of opportunity and a responsibility to prepare young people for life in modern Britain, to reject extremism and to promote tolerance among all communities, faiths and beliefs.