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Mission & Values

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Our Mission

‘Here in the St Polycarp’s family we follow in the footsteps of Jesus through playing, praying, loving and learning together.’

Building positive relationships, fostering self-belief, and cultivating tolerance and respect for ourselves and others lie at the heart of our school. We believe that only by working together and supporting one another in all aspects of our learning, we can truly flourish. Our values are deeply embedded in every facet of school life, promoting a love of learning, creativity, and independence. This foundation helps children face challenges with confidence and resilience. We take pride in our academic successes and are committed to providing challenges for all students to ensure their growth.

Our children worked with the sculptor Simon Probyn to design our beautiful ‘Values Sculpture’ (see above). Their design reflects the interconnectedness of our children, faith and values.

British Values

British Values play a vital role within life at St Polycarp’s, we aim to actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils’ character and moral perspective in all that we do. British Values underpin our spiritual, moral, social, and cultural (SMSC) development, all secured through our mission statement, ethos and curriculum. We believe this provides our children with the opportunity to become successful, confident, and respectful individuals prepared for life, both at school, within modern Britain and in the wider world.


We teach our children about the importance of democracy and how this shapes our society. Through discussions, debates, and student voice, we encourage democratic participation and decision making, ensuring that every voice is heard and valued.


Children become familiar with the concept of democracy from the very start of school. The election of our various committees reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action: candidates make speeches, pupils consider characteristics important for an elected representative, pupils vote using a ballot system. The committees meet regularly to discuss issues raised by children as well as to discuss areas that they consider worthy of a pupil voice. The various committees are able to genuinely effect change within the school. The core of this is achieved through our pupil voice groups, which include:

School Council

Wellbeing Leaders

Sports Leaders

Equality Committee

One World Committee

Eco Council

Spiritual Council

House Captains

Children nominating various charities, which they raise monies for throughout the year.

Rule of Law

At St Polycarp’s we understand the importance of teaching our children to make the right choices. The rule of law (in all aspects of life) shows an appreciation that living with rules protects their wellbeing and safety. which the children draft, follow and uphold. Our children talk about the rules and the importance to uphold them to maintain our school rules of being Ready, Respectful and Safe.

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Throughout the school year, every class discusses a set of principles that are clearly understood by all to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.

Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. These values are reinforced in different ways:

· Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service

· During religious education, when rules for different faiths are discussed

· Throughout the curriculum, where there is respect and appreciation for different rules

· Visiting Lawyer and visiting Judge where a mock courtroom is set-up

· In sports lesson and competitions, our school sports motto is ‘Win with grace, lose with grace'.

Individual Liberty

We believe in the inherent dignity and worth of an individual. At St Polycarp’s school our school promotes freedom of thought, expression, and belief, empowering all of our children to express themselves confidently and respectfully while understanding the responsibilities that come with freedom.


Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and empowering education, we provide boundaries for our young pupils to make choices safely in many ways:

· Choices about what learning challenge or activity suits their needs

· Choices about how they record their learning

· Choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities

Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely.

Mutual Respect

Respect is at the heart of our school community. We promote respect for one another, regardless of background, culture, or beliefs. Our students learn to value diversity and celebrate the unique contributions that each person brings to our community.


Our pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have, and in all situations; whether it is a religious belief, someone’s property or a football team. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are expected to treat each other with respect. Specific examples of how we at St Polycarp’s enhance pupils understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs are:

· Through Religious Education

· Visiting spiritual leaders and parents, i.e. Rabbi, Parents from the Ahmadiyya Muslim community

· Lessons where we might develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures

· We consider groups or individuals who might be vulnerable in some way, such as those with mental health issues, or those who are Young Carers

· Work with organisations to deliver specific education relating to inclusion and diversity

· We hold specific assemblies where these areas are talked about directly


We embrace different faiths, opinions and beliefs, we value diversity and foster an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding. Through the curriculum, cultural events, and interfaith dialogue, we encourage our students to develop empathy, tolerance, and an appreciation for different perspectives and beliefs.


Tolerance, politeness and mutual respect are at the heart of our school. Our mission to play, pray, love and learn together drives us towards ensuring that our pupils can live and work alongside all people from all backgrounds and cultures. Our pupils know and understand that it is expected that tolerance and respect is shown to everyone and to everything, whatever differences we may have.

Children are encouraged to share their own experiences when celebrating their own faith. Daily worship reflects and teaches the children tolerance for different faiths and beliefs. We have our St Polycarp’s prayer which encompasses a shared belief and value.

Activities within school support both children and adults of different or no faith, the children are taught respect and tolerance of all groups, and the opinions of the others are taken into account with all activities.

We integrate the promotion of British Values into all aspects of school life. Our curriculum, policies, and extra-curricular activities reflect this. We instil in our children a deep understanding and appreciation of these values, preparing them to become responsible citizens in an ever-changing world.

At St Polycarp’s school, we are proud to uphold and actively promote British Values, fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment where every individual can thrive and succeed.