At Rossington St Michael’s CE Primary School, we believe that all have their origin in the love of God and are all God’s children. We hold, therefore, that all children have value, worth and are treated equally. (Genesis 1:26-27 ‘All are made in the image of God.”).
This leads us to celebrate the amazing diversity that is found within our school community, considering particularly protected characteristics and our vulnerable children. We celebrate diversity, having a particular concern that the excluded are included: all are welcome in our school (Romans 15:7 “Therefore welcome one another, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”
Inclusion isn’t always present in human relationships, and because of this, we strive for equality in our school, so all children in our school community feel that they are in a safe place to learn and grow. By the way we offer an inclusive education, we express the inclusive, everlasting love of God. (Jeremiah 31:3 “I have love you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.”)
Arising from these strong beliefs, we have a particular concern that no child feels ‘on the edge’, ‘outside’ or ‘left behind’ in our school family. This is depicted in Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15: 3- 8) and the teaching of Jesus as the Good Shepherd (John 10.16). In our school, we actively seek those not included so that the excluded become included too. We always strive fervently to offer excellence in education to all, including our most vulnerable and educationally disadvantaged pupils (Pupil Premium, SEND, EAL and those known to social care), so that no one is left behind and quality education offers hope of fullness of life to all.
Respect in our school:
Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself:
Matthew 7:12 “Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Respect is our second core Christian value because we believe that people are made in the image of God, that everyone is special, everyone’s opinion matters, everyone’s contribution is important, everyone’s feelings should be considered, and everyone’s faith is sacred.
Within our school, we encourage all, ” to treat others as you would want them to treat you.” (Matthew 7:12) Respect can mean simply treating each other with politeness and courtesy and recognising that everyone’s contribution is important and that everyone’s feelings should be considered. We regularly discuss how respecting someone does not mean that we always agree with the other person but that we are prepared to listen and share our views without rudeness or impatience.