Building the House on RockWhitefriars flourishes by encouraging ambition, growing resilience and making community.
In September 2019, we launched our new school vision: ‘Building the House on Rock’ based on the bible verse Matthew 7:24-27 “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock..” Our vision is that all children at Whitefriars, as they move through our school, develop their character, which we define as a set of positive personal traits, dispositions and virtues that informs their motivation and guides their conduct so that they reflect wisely, learn eagerly, behave with integrity and cooperate consistently well with others. This gives pupils the qualities they need to flourish in our society
The school aims to preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England. Whitefriars aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.
Our purpose is to offer a broad and balanced education of the highest quality in a happy, stimulating, secure and caring environment based on equal regard for each individual by:-
Helping the children to develop a life-long love of learning and discovery.
Fostering self-respect and independence in the children whilst building their confidence and sense of achievement.
Fostering partnerships with the community, the local early years forum, cluster schools, associate churches and maintaining effective communication with parents.
Recognising and responding to the specific needs and abilities of individual children.
Creating an atmosphere where all staff feel valued and supported and in which appropriate training and resources ensure high quality teaching and learning.
We intend to achieve these aims by:-
Providing a balanced and broadly based curriculum incorporating the Early Learning Goals and the National Curriculum, effectively using appropriate resources and suitable learning programmes in order that all children may achieve their potential.
Developing and maintaining procedures for assessing, monitoring, evaluating and recording the work of the school in order to achieve continuity, progression and consistency within and between Key Stages and Phases of education.
Enabling the children to work together in harmony to develop a sense of responsibility, mutual respect and tolerance.
Providing experiences which will promote children’s social, cultural, moral and spiritual development as exemplified by the teachings of the Christian faith, in accordance with the doctrines of the Church of England, whilst having regard for the beliefs of other faiths.
Helping children to acquire skills, knowledge and understanding and the will to use them.
Encouraging the development of children who are communicative, articulate and receptive to new ideas.
How does Whitefriars promote spirituality?
Our school aims to support children in making sense of themselves and the world around them. We aim to help them observe their own responses to different experiences. Our school believes that experiences, both in and out of school, are important to the development of all pupils. We will create frameworks that help them to consider big, sometimes overwhelming, concepts such as life, death, identity, war, environmental factors etc. but without necessarily offering answers. These opportunities come through the teaching and learning of our whole school curriculum particularly our values, Collective Worship, RE, PSHCE/RSE, Science, Art, Music and English. Children will have exposure to spiritual experiences and conversations to know that it exists for everyone, including adults.