Aims and Values

St Bede’s Catholic Primary School is part of the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust.

Mission Statement

Matthew 5:16


We shine brightly for all with Christ as our guide; enabling the spiritual, physical, cognitive and pastoral formation of all members of our school community.

Matthew 5:16


Search for Excellence

In our school we enable all members of our community to develop holistically: spiritually, physically, morally and emotionally, so all can thrive. We equip our pupils with knowledge, skills and ambition to empower them to live happily and fully, both now and in the future.


We recognise the unique value of all and develop strong relationships with every member of our community.  We work in partnership; creating a safe environment where everyone flourishes with confidence.

Educating the Whole Person

By developing strong pastoral relationships, we recognise the uniqueness of every child. We create a bespoke, inclusive curriculum, so all can excel and develop their individual gifts and talents to the full; sharing in the successes of one another.

Moral Compass

In partnership with our families, we instill a sense of self-discipline, respect and awareness of social justice, so that pupils develop a personal moral compass that enables them to contribute positively to the wider world.

Shine brightly for all with Christ as our guide…

Our Aims

We believe the development of the child’s self-esteem is paramount to their growth as a fully Christian person. This is the fundamental responsibility of everyone who comes into contact with the child, as is the encouragement of spiritual growth through prayer, worship and example.

The growth of self esteem in the caring Christian environment will be encouraged through respect for others, their opinions and their differences. We seek to provide pupils with a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum suited to their individual needs within a Christian environment. We aim to encourage pupils to become caring, competent, self reliant people with a knowledge of the world and a desire to learn more. Great importance is placed on both the teaching of RE and the living out of the Gospel message in every part of the school day. We place great value on traditional skills of literacy and numeracy while developing the other skills in the National Curriculum.

We hope every child who leaves our school will be a confident, competent and caring member of the community.

To achieve this aim the school will:

  1. Continue to build upon an atmosphere which is welcoming to children, parents, staff, visitors and members of the local community;
  2. Celebrate prayer, worship and liturgy making them real educational experiences and a source of strength and comfort to all;
  3. Maintain, through our school motto ‘To work is to pray’, the bond between home, parish and school which provides preparation for the pupil’s entry into the wider community;
  4. Value each child for their individuality and ideas, providing equal opportunities to develop their talents and potential;
  5. Provide a kind and consistent approach to discipline;
  6. Continue to encourage all satff to show an example of team spirit, mutual respect and tolerance;
  7. Encourage all staff to continue their professional development;
  8. Nurture an atmosphere sympathetic to all cultures.

British Values

The promotion of ‘British Values’ is central to Catholic education because British Values have their origin in the Christian values of our nation. British values are considered by the present government to be DEMOCRACY, RULE OF LAW, INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY, MUTUAL RESPECT and TOLERANCE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS.

Catholic Values

At St. Bede’s Catholic Primary School we recognise, not only the importance of helping pupils to develop academically but also spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. Our aim is that they are fully prepared for life in British society, to take their role as good citizens, able to make the best possible contribution to the Common Good. Within a framework of Catholic Christian Values, we teach the importance of British Values by going much deeper into the meaning of what it is to live a good life. This provides the context and meaning for understandings why British Values are important.

Our framework for understanding British Values draws on the example of Jesus and his welcome and inclusion of all, which is developed in Catholic School teaching. At St. Bede’s we provide an education which focuses on the formation of the whole person, and our vocation and purpose in life. We place a significant emphasis on the celebration of individuality and difference within our communities and our calling to work for the Common Good, in the service of other.

Our Catholic Ethos makes a tangible difference to the way we work together and with our wider communities. Within this framework it would be impossible to overlook the government’s view of British values expressed as ‘Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs’.

This 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. Our school which seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ.

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.