St Matthew’s is a Catholic school which seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ.
We promote these values by our words and deeds, and Catholic doctrine and practice therefore permeates every aspect of the school’s activity. We provide a Catholic curriculum, which is broad and balanced, recognising that every pupil is unique and is created in the image of God (Gen 1:27).
Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to discern their vocation and to be well-equipped to follow it as active citizens in service to the world. Catholic Religious Education is the “core of the core curriculum” (Pope St John Paul II) and the foundation of the entire educational process. We also provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities and strong pastoral support.
We incorporate democratic principles, value the rule of law, support individual liberty and foster a community in which different faiths and beliefs are respected.”
At St Matthew’s we promote Democracy by:
- Having a school council
- Taking part in debates and Philosophy for Children Discussions
- Highlighting the development of democratic ideas in history lessons
- Allowing pupils to vote for School Council
- Ensuring all pupils are listened to by adults
At St Matthew’s we promote Individual Liberty by:
- Children are given the freedom to make choices, eg. what activity they do at lunchtime or which afterschool club they join in with.
- Children participate in child-led activities which develop problem solving and understanding Philosophy for Children and residentials.
- Children learn to exercise freedoms responsibly and constructively when choosing work partners, projects and groups in certain areas of the curriculum
At St Matthew’s we promote The Rule of Law by:
- Classes creating “class rules”
- Having a whole school code of conduct
- Having a clear behaviour policy that is explained to all
- Organising visits from the police service to reinforce the message of right and wrong
- Organising sessions to support parents and pupils keep safe online
- Highlighting the rules of the Church and God in the RE curriculum (for example the 10 commandments and the Precepts of the Church)
- Encouraging students to be independent in their learning
- Providing students with opportunities for reflection as they take responsibility to discerning their vocation
At St Matthew’s we promote Mutual Respect by:
- Having a mission statement that is inclusive
- Constantly promoting and rewarding respect for others as good manners
- Reinforcing the value of everyone’s opinions in class discussions
- Having an effective anti-bullying policy
- Emphasising in RE and all lessons that every person is unique and “created in the image of God”
- Having active educational links with other schools
- Supporting charitable works: CAFOD, Nugent Care, MacMillan etc.
At St Matthew’s we promote Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs by:
- Our Religious Education Scheme ‘Come and See’, it provides pupils with a deep understanding of their own faith as well as awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities as a basis for understanding and respecting them.
- Visiting other places of Worship and meeting with members of those faith communities.
- Showing how Jesus encouraged tolerance in stories such as The Good Samaritan and The Women at the Well.
- Teaching the No Outsiders scheme.