Ethos & Values 

The aims of St Robert Southwell Catholic School are founded on the recognition that the family and the school are working together for the development of the child.

The general aims of our school are:

  • to help and complement the exercise of the educational rights and duties of the Catholic family
  • to cultivate the intellectual, creative and aesthetic values of the child; to help the child develop a lively enquiring mind, the ability to acquire information and to question and argue rationally, and the will to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills
  • to help children develop the ability to make correct use of their judgement, will and emotions
  • to promote in the child a sense of values
  • to encourage just attitudes and inner discipline
  • to develop the children’s knowledge of their own culture and the culture and background of others, so that there will be mutual understanding between people whatever their race, religion and ways of life
  • to help children understand the environment in which we live and the inter dependence of the individual groups and nations
  • to help children appreciate human achievements and aspirations in art, music, science and technology
  • to help children acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life at home, at work and at leisure.

For the achievement of these aims St. Robert Southwell Catholic School strives:

  • to provide a stable, caring environment conducive to study and learning in an atmosphere in which the love of God is shown in all aspects of school life
  • to directly instruct children in the Catholic Faith and to support the parish in preparing children for the reception of the sacraments
  • to provide a wide curriculum which will develop the intellectual and physical skills of the child and to enable them to use their particular abilities, talents and interests to the full
  • to give good emphasis to the skills of mathematics and English
  • to seek close co-operation from parents so that the values taught and respected at home and school are the same
  • to encourage the child to play a full part in parish life by contributing to parish worship and parish projects
  • to recognise that the child is living NOW and not just for the future, and that children should be happy now, purposeful and able to contribute to society around them now.