In the light of God, we care, we share, we laugh, we learn.
In Christ's light, we seek to educate, nurture and empower; supporting each individual to flourish academically, socially & spiritually. Christian values guide out commitment to ensure everyone is valued and respected as God's unique and special creation. May each child at St. Chad's know how precious they are in God's sight.
Our school vision is rooted in the bible passage:
Jesus said 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12
Our school is a calm, caring and friendly place where we all work hard together, try our best and enjoy learning, in a community where achievements are recognised and celebrated. We are polite, friendly and kind to one another and make everyone feel welcome. Our school is a happy, healthy and safe place where Christian teaching helps us to value and respect ourselves, each other and our school.
Being Part of Headingley, Leeds and Britain and playing our part in the Global Community
As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody at St Chad’s. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of our local community and Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions, such as customs in the course of the year; for example, Harvest festival during the Autumn term, our cultural week where we found out about the traditions of different cultures in our community. Children also learn about being part of Britain from different specific perspectives in curriculum topics for example:
- Geography: where we ensure that children have a better understanding of what Britain is, learning more about its capital cities and counties, its rivers and mountains and where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world.
- History: Britain and its influence in modern times are aspects woven into our thematic topics
- Music; study of British composers and their influence worldwide
- Art: study of how British artists influence others
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
St Chad’s CE Primary is in an area which serves a diverse population and it is vital we prepare our pupils to exist in an area that is rapidly changing culturally. We are proud to promote and celebrate the different backgrounds and beliefs that our pupils are encountering on a daily basis. Mutual respect is implicit in our aims and ethos.
Our pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have, and to everything, whether it is a school resource or a religious belief.
Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community should treat each other with respect.
Specific examples of how we enhance pupils understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs are: Through Religious Education and other lessons where we might develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures – in English through fiction and in Art by considering culture from other parts of the world. In addition, pupils enjoy an in depth study during Community Themed Weeks, where sometimes we will celebrate and enjoy learning about the differences in countries and cultures around the world.
Sadly, no school can guarantee that there will never be instances which are contrary to this value. At St Chad’s CE Primary, such instances are rare and they are treated seriously.
To support the curriculum and the teaching of Christianity / RE and to reflect the Christian foundation of the school, the PTA fund the gift of a Bible for children in Reception and Year Six. Parents and pupils may opt-out of this gift if they wish to do so.