St Alban's Catholic Primary School

Following in the Footsteps of Jesus we love, live and learn together

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Personal Development and Cultural Capital

It is our aim at St Alban’s, that each child is taught an ambitious, broad and balanced curriculum. At St Alban’s we promote children’s personal development and character development through a wide and rich set of experiences. The opportunities offered go beyond the expected and are of high quality. The planned quality experiences enhance the quality curriculum on offer. At St Alban’s School we have a rich and diverse Catholic Life programme; we believe our faith permeates all we do for and with our children.  Prayer, Sacramental Preparation, the lives of the Saints, prayer and liturgy are all active elements of Catholic Life. We follow the Catholic Schools Pupil Profile, throughout the school year we work together to look at the values that come from the Gospel and teachings of Jesus. Each half term the whole school focuses on one pair of words; we spend time reflecting on the meaning of the words; how we see these values in action in our lives and in the lives of others and how we can work to encapsulate these values in our lives. All classes discuss the meaning of these words at an age appropriate level; during whole school assemblies and Masses we will consider what they mean and will take time to reflect, quietly and peacefully, together so that we can listen carefully and try to hear the inner callings of our hearts. Teaching about British Values is incorporated into the focus on the Catholic School Pupil Profile and is also taught explicitly during Assemblies and PSHE lessons. We also use the Catholic Social Teaching Principles to guide pupils’ personal development. We support pupils in considering how our faith calls us to love God and to love our neighbours in every situation, especially our sisters and brothers living in poverty.  Our children actively live the mission of our school and following in the footsteps of Jesus, we aim to make present in our unjust and broken world, the justice, love and peace of God.  We believe St. Alban’s is a place where our young people are helped to put their faith into loving actions for others so that their faith can illuminate life and the community.