Our Vision, Values and Ethos
Though we are many, we are one body. Together, we learn and grow.
God is at the heart of all we do, shining His light to guide us on our journey.
Together, we face change and transformation with courage.
In love, we nurture all to be resilient, hopeful and aspirational; to become the very best version of ourselves, knowing that we are loved.
Each member of our school community is honoured and celebrated for our unique character and qualities: difference is met with dignity and compassion.
Though we are many, we are one body.
Our community at Brierley stretches beyond the school, where we share God’s message of love through our actions, our thoughts and our words as we continue on life’s path.
Christ has no hands
But our hands to do his work today,
Christ has no feet
But our feet to lead others on their way,
Christ has no lips
But our lips to tell others why
Christ has no love
But our love to win others to
(St Teresa of Avila)
Values and Ethos
Education influences and reflects the values of society, and the kind of society we want to be. It is important, therefore, to recognise a broad set of common values and purposes that underpin the school curriculum and the work of our schools.
Foremost is a belief in education, at home at school, as a route to the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, physical and mental development of the individual. Education is also a route to equality of opportunity for all, a healthy and just democracy, a productive economy, and sustainable development. Education should reflect the enduring values that contribute to these ends. These include valuing ourselves, our families and other relationships, the wider groups to which we belong, the diversity in our society and the environment in which we live. Education should also reaffirm our commitment to the virtues of truth, justice, honesty, trust and a sense of duty.
At the same time, education must enable us to respond positively to the opportunities and challenges of the rapidly changing world in which we live and work. In particular, we need to be prepared to engage as individuals, parents, workers and citizens with economic, social and cultural change, including the continued globalisation of the economy and society, new work and leisure patterns and with the rapid expansion of information and communication technologies.
Through the effective delivery of our values we look to work in partnership with home and the community to achieve our aims. These are broadly encompassed as:
- Providing opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve, so reaching their full potential
- Promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral and social and cultural development
These aims are interdependent of each other and will reinforce the children’s ability to learn and achieve.