Character Education

“St. Michael’s Church of England School, established upon Christian foundations, and living out the Christian faith, is committed to providing every child with an excellent education.”

We promote our Vision through the key words:

‘Create – Equip – Partner’

Character education is fundamental to everything we do at St. Michael’s.  Our school vision expressly states that our intention is to equip pupils with confidence and life skills to make a difference in God’s world.  These life skills include the positive moral attributes such as courage, honesty, generosity, integrity, humility, courtesy and respect.  We also promote resilience, positive mental health and a ‘growth mindset’ to enable pupils to remain motivated by long-term goals.  Furthermore, we build the social confidence of pupils so that they develop positive relationships, express their views clearly and constructively and handle disagreements with respect.  In addition, we develop an appreciation for the importance of long-term commitments and living with a sense of purpose.

As a Church of England school, our objectives for character development are underpinned by Christian values, such as thankfulness, trust, forgiveness, peace, compassion and hope.  We fully recognise our statutory duty to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, so that they are fully prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.  This includes developing their self-efficacy – or self-belief – so they are empowered to handle all the challenges of adulthood.  It is always a great encouragement to see former pupils of St. Michael’s flourishing in their secondary school and adult lives!

In November 2019 the Government issued a framework guidance paper entitled ‘Character Education.’  This important document supports our own vision to promote and develop the character of the pupils at our school.  A statement on our position in relation to this guidance is found on the link below.

As a church school, we also follow our own document on Spirituality which aligns with the Church of England document on the Fruit of the Spirit. Please find the documents below:

One way we promote excellent character and good moral values is to invite special guest speakers into school to share about their experiences and explain how they have overcome challenges to achieve success.  A full list of recent guest speakers is found under the ‘Pupil Leadership and Cultural Capital’ tab.

Visit of Damon Hill OBE – 10 February 2020

Our most recent guest speaker was Damon Hill OBE, who won the Formula One World Championship in 1996 and altogether won 22 motor racing Grand Prix.  It was a wonderful time and we all learned so much about the value of persistence, hard work and having a passion for what you do.  It was a great honour to have Damon with us and a full report of his visit is below.