Values and ethos
Our vision is to create a spiritual and educational centre of excellence which nurtures the growth and development of every child.
Our mission statement is:
‘Jesus said, “ I chose you, and appointed you to go and bear much fruit” ‘.
This ethos is lived out on a daily basis through the interactions between staff, children and visitors; the focus on developing the ‘whole child’ that permeates our curriculum; the high standard of academic work that is produced across the school and the well-established links that exist with the Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust schools, the local community, the Wharfedale Schools, the Diocese and organisations such as CAFOD.
Parents/Carers are strongly encouraged to be involved with the school in a variety of ways e.g. attendance at whole school Assemblies, Liturgies and Masses, attendance at Information Evenings, as members of the Academy Council, as volunteers helping within school, as fund raisers in ‘Sacred Heart School Association’, as members of the ‘Carnival Committee’.
We have a very effective ‘Open Door’ policy which ensures that everyone associated with the school is able to discuss school-related matters with staff, at mutually agreed times, when issues arise.
“All pupils are active participants in the Catholic Life of the school. They have a full understanding of the school’s motto, Deo Maximo Optimo, the mission statement and the values that underpin all of the school’s functioning. They contribute significantly to the application of the mission in their daily lives.
They show a sincere respect for themselves and their peers, and for the environment of the school. Their behaviour of almost all pupils is excellent. They show an ability to focus, reflect, listen and consider matters religious, spiritual and moral. They are able to forgive and be forgiven. They enjoy and celebrate the success of others.”DIOCESAN BOARD FOR INSPECTIONS
We promote tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
- By visiting places of worship for other faiths and receiving visitors from other faiths in school;
- By linking our school to a school in Bradford with a different ethnic and cultural makeup;
- By recognising and celebrating cultural celebrations for children from different countries within our school;
- By raising money for those in need locally and internationally;
Through ‘TWTTL’ scheme:
– Being a Christian and loving one’s neighbour
– To be a Disciple of Jesus & living the Beatitudes
– Striving for justice: the Himalayan villagers & refugees; Oscar Romero; Martin Luther King; Vivo Rio, long live our city Example of Annalena Tonelli in Africa and Sr Joan O’Callaghan in El Salvador, Peru
– Judaism, Islam and Sikhism.
– What the Catholic Church teaches about other faiths
– Examples of people of other faiths and that the goodness in the minds and hearts of these people is deeply respected by the Church
– Knowing that God’s Holy Spirit has been at work in all religious traditions.
– The gift of God’s grace is absolutely free and available to everyone