Ethos and Values
In our mission to develop the ‘whole person’, we are a Catholic School inspired by the vision of life that is found in the teaching of the Gospel, the Church, sacramental life and in Jesus Christ, who came that we ‘may have life and have it to the full’. We live out the Gospel values of faith, hope, charity, prudence, temperance, justice and fortitude.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and considered them to be democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. At St. Benedict’s Catholic High School these values are reinforced in a pervasive manner that permeate the school community at every level as we live our daily lives in accordance with our Christian values.
British values derive from Christian values and are at the heart of educating the ‘whole child’ at our school for life in modern Britain. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to our pupils and that they proceed to adulthood with a deep sense of morality, integrity and justice recognizing that we are all made in the image of God.
In practice this means that we seek to:
Create a well-ordered family community where everyone is valued and respected
Prepare our young people for life beyond school and in particular develop personal integrity, moral values and a sense of justice so that they ‘act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God’. (Micah 6:8)
Catholic values underpin our belief that all are made in the image and likeness of God. Catholic values explicitly value the equality of all, rejects discrimination of any kind, and by extension welcomes diversity of culture.
As Pope Francis recently wrote:
“What we are called to respect in each person is first of all his life, his physical integrity, his dignity and the rights deriving from that dignity, his reputation, his property, his ethnic and cultural identity, his ideas and his political choices. We are therefore called to think, speak and write respectfully of the other, not only in his presence, but always and everywhere, avoiding unfair criticism or defamation.”
We promote these values by our words and deeds. Our Catholic values and practice therefore permeates every aspect of our school’s activity.