Individual Liberty
At St John’s pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, appropriate to their ability and level of understanding, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We encourage pupils in the development of their self- confidence and self belief, and to be assertive. We reinforce the belief that we all have rights and personal freedoms, and we demonstrate how to develop and exercise these safely, including in relation to e-safety , through the taught and implicit curriculum. As well as developing a sense of their own personal freedoms, pupils are also encouraged to view the impact they may have on others, including staff, family and peers.

Mutual Respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
We are in a unique position in that we are a Roman Catholic Special School, and Christ is at the heart of all we do. Our mission is to create a community of love and learning, and we are proud of the heritage of the founders of the school, The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Notwithstanding this, we welcome young people from all faiths and from none. We encourage our non- Catholic pupils to be proud of their differing beliefs, and celebrate these within assemblies and at all opportunities. Our non- Catholic pupils take a full and active part in the liturgy and faith celebrations, in daily prayers and rituals. Equally we are sensitive to where pupils may be less comfortable with this. Pupils are taught about discrimination consistent with their level of understanding and how this is wrong.

Staff monitor carefully any indications of religious intolerance, including through our safeguarding policies. We are aware that some of your people may be vulnerable to negative influences and will tackle this rigorously.

Pupils have many opportunities to learn about people from different cultures and faiths including through our links with other countries and through celebrating the multicultural nature of our school family, both staff and pupils. We also encourage our young people to develop their sense of charity and care for others, locally and globally.

Through these aspects of our school practice, we believe that St John’s is a happy and safe environment , in which children and young people can learn and grow, and contribute much to British Society.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]