Sacred Heart is a Catholic school where every aspect of school life is based on Christian values. Our mission statement reflects our aims for all the children in our care. The school sets high expectations in work and behaviour and pupils are encouraged to achieve their unique potential academically, physically, morally and spiritually.
Every member of the school, both child and adult, is valued and respected and this forms the basis of the excellent relationships within the school.
Assemblies are an important aspect of the school day when we come together to pray and worship as a family and where Christian values and relationships within the school are reinforced and strengthened.
The Catholic faith is taught through the ‘Here I Am’ religious programme and the Catholic Directory and forms an important part of the education provided by the school.
The school is part of the parish of Sacred Heart Church and therefore there are strong links with the church. The parish priest regularly visits the school for masses and other services and on occasions the children attend services in the church.
Parents of the school are an important part of the school community and are encouraged to become actively involved in various aspects of school life.
PROMOTING GOOD BEHAVIOUR
Sacred Heart sets high expectations in behaviour. Good behaviour is a vital ingredient of a good school as it produces an effective learning environment as well as a happy one.
Good behaviour comes about by the efforts of staff, children and parents working together. The school promotes good behaviour by positive reinforcement e.g. praise, stickers and certificates. We encourage children to be respectful and polite to adults and each other, and to show consideration for all those around them.
We aim therefore:
1. To develop in pupils a sense of self-discipline, an acceptance of responsibility for their own actions and to provide opportunities for children to evaluate and modify unacceptable behaviour.
2. To create conditions and atmosphere conducive to an orderly community in which effective learning may take place, in which there is mutual respect between all members, and where there is proper concern for the environment.
3. At Sacred Heart we place emphasis on praise and encouragement rather than criticism.
4. Certificates for good work and positive behaviour are awarded at the end of each half term.
However, there are occasions when a child’ behaviour clearly breaches the school’s discipline policy and sanctions are required. These include the following:
1. Verbal indications of disapproval by class teacher, mid-day assistants or Headteacher.
2. Re-writing of work obviously below pupil’s potential.
3. Supervised loss of breaks.
4. Parental consultation.
5. Logging of misdemeanours so that if a pattern of unacceptable behaviour emerges a positive behaviour programme can be instituted in consultation with parents.
There may also be occasions when a child’s behaviour gives greater cause for concern. If a child’s behaviour is seriously disruptive in the classroom and is interfering with the progress of other children, or if a child is causing serious problems in the playground, an exclusion from school for a fixed period or lunch time may be necessary. If the problems persist then a permanent exclusion may be imposed.
If a child is excluded, parents have the right to make representations to the Governing Body.