“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’
St Michael’s seeks to create an environment where positive behaviour allows both staff and children to work effectively. We believe that ‘Every Child Matters’ and that great importance should be placed upon the pastoral care of a pupil . Our aim, which is in line with our school vision, is to create a safe and nurturing Christian environment where children can flourish and reach their full, God-given potential. Furthermore, we promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of every child. We believe this is central to creating young citizens and adults of the future, so that all of God’s children are shown acceptance, value and respect. We were delighted that in April 2019 the SIAMS Inspection report for our school recognised the ‘extremely strong and excellently targeted’ pastoral care provided at our school.
Valuing All God’s Children (VAGC)
As a Church of England primary school, we understand the importance of looking after all of the children in our care, physically, emotionally and spiritually. It is truly a gift from God that we get to educate so many wonderful children and we ensure that we follow our vision to create a secure and nurturing Christian environment which offers an inclusive education for all. This includes affording pupils a sense of their own dignity and that all children, and adults, are welcome in school and are loved by God.
Our Anti-Bullying and Mental Health and Wellbeing policies all follow the Church of England guidelines set within their VAGC document (updated Summer 2019) and we are proud to be a church school where all children are made in God’s image and valued equally.
Our vision at St. Michael’s is to create a safe and nurturing Christian environment which respects and values every individual and their beliefs. This means that we create an atmosphere of respect and tolerance throughout the school and do not tolerate any form of bullying or discrimination, including cyberbullying. We provide opportunities through class discussions, the School Council and pupil surveys to encourage children to comment on, and provide suggestions to improve, the culture of respect and tolerance at our school. Any incidences of bullying are dealt with quickly, consistently and effectively.
We actively participate in the annual ‘National Anti Bullying Week’ held in November each year. We hold assemblies and in-class activities to promote the positive aspects of behaviour and help to develop a child’s understanding that by behaving or acting in a negative way it can have an impact on another child’s well-being as well as their own. In 2019 the theme of Anti-bullying Week, which ran from 11-15 November, was ‘Change Starts With Us’. Details of the activities we held during this special week can be found by clicking on the link below. A pupil survey held after Anti-bullying week showed that 93% of pupils were clear that bullying is not tolerated at St. Michael’s.
The Department for Education has published information supporting this area of behaviour management: