Mission Vision and Ethos
At St James’, everything we do is underpinned by our mission statement from the Gospel of John:
“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” – John 10:10
To give every child, regardless of background, starting points or ability, the opportunity to live life to the full.
To help each child reach their full potential, have integrity as a person and have a strong personal vision for adult life.
We are also immensely proud of the school’s unique Dominican heritage, and we strive to embody our school values – Excellence, Resilience, Integrity, Trust, Aspiration, and Service - each and every day.
To help each child reach their God-given full potential, have integrity as a citizen of this country and have a strong personal vision for adult life, we aim to actively promote British values in school to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.
Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At St James', we:
- Implement democracy holding student elections and ensuring our students make a contribution to the Barnet Youth Parliament, including putting forward views of young people to be debated in Parliament.
- Implement the rule of law by understanding that every action should be in keeping with our Ready, Respectful, and Safe expectations. Failing to adhere to this leads to a sanction.
- Celebrate Individual liberty by providing opportunities for children to make choices and therefore gain independence within their thinking.
- Promote mutual respect by supporting students with restorative conversations when relationships have broken down.
- Understand and promote tolerance through learning about different cultures and celebrating and learning from our similarities as well as differences. We support students to prepare for life in Britain and to recognise the importance of respecting and relating to others regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.
Our curriculum and school improvement plan are anchored in our mission and vision: