At St Luke’s, we believe that all pupils deserve high quality education which engages, inspires and challenges; so that everyone meets their full potential. We strive to create a safe and happy learning environment which promotes independence and high expectations of all. We are committed to providing opportunities which promote open mindedness, empathy and celebration of the rich and diverse community which we serve; so that everyone is able to contribute positively to society. We are dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyle choices so that our pupils develop physically, emotionally and morally. We are determined that our pupils will be successful and will leave us as confident, highly educated members of the community.
We do this by:
Raising achievement through quality first teaching which enthuses and motivates; aspiring all to fulfil their potential.
Ensuring pupil voice is at the heart of all we do to enable children to become confident, resilient and reflective independent learners.
Offering a broad and varied curriculum which ensures all children can read, write and are numerate.
Having an open and welcoming environment where everyone feels welcome and included.
Promoting Fundamental Values
Although Jersey does not officially have “Jersey values” at St Luke’s we feel that we all share fundemental values and reinforce them regularly in the following ways.
Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school Rights Respecting Council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council can evidence how it is able to genuinely effect change within the school. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class.
Children complete regular questionnaires with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our Online Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
St Luke’s places a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforces this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
At St Luke’s we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to these fundamental values, including ‘extremist’ views.