In St Paul’s Primary School and Nursery Class it is our vision that every child should be supported and encouraged to be the very best they can be, in every aspect of their development, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. As Article 3 of the UNCRC states ‘The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all decisions and actions that affect children’. We work together to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment where every member of our school community feels like they belong and that their rights, lives and experiences are valued and respected. We recognise the importance of working in close partnership with parents and external agencies to ensure that all of our children are safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included, in order to grow and develop as successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. (Articles 3, 18, 19, 20, 24, 28, 29, 31)
The shared values in our school are reflected in its ethos based on the Gospel Values of the Catholic Church, which include respect, wisdom, justice, integrity and humility. We involve children in the decision making process and recognise the dignity of each individual, made in the image and likeness of God, and respect this at all times. (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – Articles 2, 3, 6, 12, 13, 14, 23 & 30).
As a rights-respecting school we strive at all times to ensure children’s rights are being met in line with the articles set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In St Paul’s our aims are:
- To continue to develop effective learning and teaching experiences in order to raise levels of achievement and attainment (Articles 28, 29 & 30);
- To provide a nurturing and motivating learning environment matched to the individual needs of all children (Articles 3, 12, 13, 23 & 24);
- To reduce inequality, celebrate social and cultural diversity and promote social justice and inclusion for all (Articles 14, 23 & 30);
- To work in partnership with parents, parishes and others in the community to encourage children to become active and responsible citizens (Articles 9, 18, 29 & 31);
- To encourage the personal growth of children and staff as lifelong learners and effective contributors (Articles 3, 6, 14 & 29).