St Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School

Vision, Ethos and Aims

Our Vision

Our vision at St Ambrose Catholic Primary School is to provide an excellent standard of education, within a stimulating Catholic environment, by committed and caring professionals.

Inclusion of all is our central goal based on our belief that we are all created in the image of God.

Ethos Statement

The school was founded by and is part of the Catholic Church. The school is to be conducted as a Catholic School in accordance with the canon law and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Archdiocese of Birmingham and in particular:

  1. Religious education is to be in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline and general and particular norms of the Catholic Church;
  2. Religious worship is to be in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church;

and at all times the school is to serve as a witness to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Aims of the School

  • To develop a Christ-centred community in which the Catholic faith is nurtured and where a respect for other world religions is fostered.
  • To establish an environment and ethos (clearly understood values and attitudes) in which each pupil develops self-awareness and self-discipline in order to accept social responsibility within the school and within society at large.
  • To provide a safe, happy and caring environment in which individuals have the opportunity to develop their spiritual, moral, intellectual, emotional, aesthetic, social, cultural and physical potential.
  • To recognise and meet the needs of our pupils by promoting the highest possible standards of achievement for each individual child.
  • To provide a broad, balanced, relevant, and differentiated curriculum, including the requirements of the National Curriculum, to develop each child's potential.
  • To encourage and nurture independence in children which forms a strong basis for them to become life-long learners.
  • To foster in children a sense of awe and wonder for God's created world and to have an awareness of their unique place within it.
  • To develop our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

As a Catholic School, our religious ethos is to be found across the whole curriculum and not just within religious education lessons. The aim of the school is the Christian growth of the child.

Parents are closely involved in the preparation of their children for the Sacrament of the Eucharist through the parish-based programme. The school follows the Birmingham Diocesan religious education programme, 'Learning and Growing as the People of God'.

St Ambrose Barlow School is committed to the fostering of a spirit of justice and universal brotherhood, in accordance with the message of the Gospel and the teachings of the Catholic Church. In particular it recognises the need to prepare pupils for life in a multicultural society by fostering respect for and understanding of a rich cultural diversity, and by seeking to counter racist and discriminatory attitudes.

Mission Statement

With St Ambrose Barlow as our guide and Jesus at our side we are all learning to live love and work together