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Religious Education

 

Serving the Wakefield Parishes of

St Martin de Porres and SS Peter and Paul

 

We believe that every person is created in the image and likeness of God and is capable of knowing and loving their creator. Each human being is precious to God and has a value and dignity that no one can take away. Our school is a place where every child matters and where safety and well-being, enjoyment, tolerance, respect and dignity are reflected in all aspects of school life.  Pupils are cherished for who they are, as much as for what they achieve, and all achievement is recognised and celebrated.

 

We aim to work together to develop a school community which encourages each individual to grow in the love of God and of each other.  To develop a community where; faithfulness and integrity, dignity and compassion, humility and gentleness, truth and justice, forgiveness and mercy, purity and holiness, tolerance and peace and service and sacrifice are the foundations on which we are invited to build our lives.  To develop a community which; puts Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church at its centre through the development of a worshipping and evangelising community, giving respect, compassion and generosity to all. Cherishing, guiding and developing those entrusted to our care.

 

Our last Section 48 (Religious Education) report, following an inspection carried out by the Diocese of Leeds with regard to Religious Education and the Catholic Life of the school,commented that:

 

In St Austin’s Catholic Primary School catechesis and evangelisation are a living and vibrant reality. Highly effective teaching together with the opportunity to live, share and celebrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ, combine to create a community wherein children and adults alike enjoy a close and unique relationship with God in their daily life. The individual is cherished for who they are, as much as for what they achieve, and all achievement is recognised and celebrated.”  The sense of belonging is tangible. It is a school community where all encounter Christ, where all are nourished by Him, and all are disciples for Him. The Spirit of God is alive in the school, giving strength and hope, promoting harmony, recognising and supporting growth and enabling reconciliation. With enthusiastic commitment and celebration, ‘the things of God always take first place’. The strong sense of shared mission, partnership and collaboration are at the heart of the school’s vision.”

 

“Pupils are keen to learn, take a pride in their work and enjoy what they are doing. Their neat and imaginative work can be seen in their RE books and in the attractive displays in their classrooms and around the school. ….. The achievement of all pupils in the subject is at least good and in some cases is outstanding. ….. Pupils show a high level of respect and consideration for each other and for the adults in the school and wider community. They are ambassadors for the school …… They are very aware of how they can help others who are in need and less fortunate than themselves. Their behaviour is exemplary in all given situations.”  “In the words of one of the younger children describing life at school, ‘it is like being at home’. All pupils regard school as a safe, helpful, friendly, happy and enjoyable environment where there is always someone who will listen and, if needs be, ‘sort things out’. They feel ‘special’ because everybody cares and they can confide in the grown-ups. They feel inspired by the adults around them. The pupils acknowledge that they are ‘listened to’, that their views are valued, and that their reasonable suggestions and requests are taken on board.”

 

The report states that, “The provision for Catholic education is outstanding. Teaching extends well beyond the boundaries of the classroom and permeates every moment experienced by the pupils and the adults in the school. The Catholic vision proclaimed by the school, ‘….we live, love, learn and laugh together in God’s presence….’ are not mere words but a living reality. ….. St Austin’s is a prayerful community where Collective Worship is central to the life of the school and a key part of every school celebration. ….. The school’s governors and leaders are deeply committed to the Church’s mission in education and are outstanding in their effectiveness at all levels. … The school actively promotes pupils’ initiative in learning about and supporting charities at local, national and global levels and the response is repeatedly generous.

 

It concludes that, “Parents from all backgrounds are actively involved in the life of the school. Parents who feel particularly vulnerable or insecure are afforded confidential support and guidance primarily from the school’s dynamic and energetic Learning Mentor.  Parents speak in glowing terms of the care and dedication of staff and the high level of trust they and their children place in the school.”

 

As a Catholic school the outcomes of the Section 48 RE Inspections are very significant in that they review and evaluate how effective the school is in providing Catholic education. 

 

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