St Peters Catholic Primary School

St Peters Catholic Primary School

Our Faith

Our Mission statement and aims underpin every aspect of day-to-day life in our school community. To help achieve these aims our school offers a happy, safe and welcoming atmosphere where every child is loved and valued and encouraged on their journey through life.

As St Peter’s is a Church school, the governors are concerned that the children should grow up as faithful and practising Christians. We wish our school to be a place where Catholic attitudes to life are both taught and lived in a way that encourages a strongly based community spirit within the school and beyond.

Religious Education

As a voluntary aided Catholic School, the Catholic religious ethos is to be found across the whole curriculum and not just within the Religious Education programme.  The children’s faith is enriched through contact with the faith and prayer of the staff and the Christian atmosphere of the school.  Children are helped to understand their world and their lives in the light of their faith.  The school supports, extends and clarifies what the children learn and experience at home and in church.

Daily worship and Religious Education are seen as having an important influence in promoting the Christian attitudes and values we hope children will apply through their lives.

The Religious Education we provide is in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic faith.  We teach the “Learning and Growing as the People of God” programme.  This scheme is the curriculum strategy for Religious Education in Catholic Primary Schools in the Archdiocese of Birmingham approved and commended by the Archbishop of Birmingham.  This strategy is also supplemented by other resources.  The school complements the catechesis which takes place in the home and parish.  Our Christian faith encourages children to develop into the person God wants us to be and is at the centre of our curriculum and behaviour strategies.

Collective Worship

There is a daily act of worship for all children that is suited to their age and stage of personal, social and religious development.  Children are involved as much as possible in leading school worship.

The parish priest, Father Gary, helps the children to appreciate and participate in the liturgy of the Church.  During the school term, the children take part in the celebration of the Mass either in church or school.  The major Christian festivals are celebrated with special services in which pupils participate.  Parents are very welcome to join us on these occasions.  When the children are in Year 3 they prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  The school welcomes the support of the parents at this time in the spiritual lives.  In Year 6 the children prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Throughout this involvement, we aim to deepen the faith of the whole family at these important stages in a child’s life.

Parents have a statutory right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and worship.  It is not expected that parents seeking a place in a Catholic School would wish to exercise this option.  In many instances it would be very difficult to identify a specifically “Religious” element in a topic or theme as Catholic philosophy underpins so much of our everyday work.  Any parents considering withdrawing their children from this area of the curriculum should put their request in writing to the Head teacher.  They are very strongly urged to discuss the matter with the Head teacher in advance of any such decision.