There is wide awareness of the school vision of ‘Minds to Learn, Hearts to Care’ in understanding that all are equal and can flourish in their own right. Evidence of ‘being different, belonging together’ is ample throughout school, with every individual given equal importance. Our approach is one of proactivity, rather than reactivity.
The following are some examples of how we achieve this:
- St Anne’s is a Rights Respecting School. Having achieved status at Bronze Level, we are currently working towards Silver. This means that pupils value their own opinions, whilst being aware that others’ thoughts and actions may be different.
- RSE has been integrated into the St. Anne’s curriculum for several years now. The Policy and Scheme were revised and updated in 2021 in line with C of E guidance. The RSE Programme is delivered in the context of the school’s Christian ethos and values, with the aim of providing balanced, factual information about physical and emotional changes, together with consideration of the broader emotional, ethical, religious and moral dimensions of sexual health. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to promote inclusivity of the RSHE curriculum, so that it is accessible to all pupils.
- Opportunities in our curriculum ‘diet’ develop an understanding and respect for diverse communities. Our PSHE programme, in raising awareness of diversity and disability (link) complements the Rights Respecting agenda to add depth to pupils’ thinking regarding the spiritual, moral, social and cultural conformities of the wider modern world.
- British Values strengthens engagement with the fundamentals of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and tolerance of those with different faiths and belief. Links within the curriculum are highlighted in each cohort’s Long-Term Planning overviews
- To complement this, St. Anne’s has a range of partnerships. The school is part of the BIG Link Programme, which provides appreciation of diversity at a national level. Our former long- term European and Southern partners in France, Germany and Bangladesh have been replaced in the past two years by two new schools in Spain and another in Chile. The school’s participation in the Local Authority Climate Change Project (Autumn 2021) has provided yet another link with a school in Lithuania. Each of these serves to deepen the intercultural understanding of our pupils.
- Anne’s successful submission of the Global Neighbours Award at Bronze Level in 2020 (now working towards Silver) is also testimony of the school’s commitment to developing global citizenship.