Curbridge Road, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 5JZ
We Learn with God as our Guide
Our Lady of Lourdes Mission Statement
At Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary school we aim to create:
“A happy, learning community, where Christ is our guide and the children are nurtured to achieve their full potential”
Our school motto is “Caritas Christi urget nos”, meaning “The love of Christ fills us with enthusiasm”.
Our vision at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School is to provide the highest quality of education within a Catholic ethos. Through the love of God, we will foster individual uniqueness, working hard using the talents God has given us for the good of other people and to achieve our best. Together, with our families, our parish and our local community, we seek to create a safe, happy school where we ‘Learn with God as our Guide’ and become confident and caring individuals with a passion for learning.
Our Catholic Ethos and British Values
This is a Catholic school which seeks to live out the Gospel values. We promote these values by our words and deeds, and Catholic doctrine and practice therefore permeates every aspect of our school’s activity. We provide a Catholic curriculum, which is broad and balanced, recognising that every pupil is unique and is created in the image of God (Gen 1:27). Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to discern their vocation and to be well-equipped to follow it as active citizens in service to the world. Catholic Religious Education is the “core of the core curriculum” (Pope St John Paul II) and the foundation of the entire educational process. We also provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities and strong pastoral support. We incorporate democratic principles, value the rule of law, support individual liberty and foster a community in which different faiths and beliefs are respected and celebrated.
The government has defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We believe that these values are represented within our existing Catholic school – respect, kindness, fairness, self-belief, trust and honesty.
We promote these values through our school vision, our curriculum and teaching and learning strategies, and the enrichment activities in which are pupils participate.
Our values apply to everyone in the school community and they inform the way we act, what we do and how we achieve our goals. We pride ourselves in making a difference; we continually seek to improve; we take responsibility for what we do; we value our differences; we support one another and we celebrate achievement.
We are strive to ensure that as a school we:
This ethos is reflected in the climate and every day school life and through the school’s broad, balanced creative curriculum; the equal opportunities offered to all pupils and the way everyone at the school is taught to “Learn with God as our Guide” through our core values of:
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School supports the inclusion of all children with additional needs; enabling them to remain or reintegrate into mainstream education through an excellent pastoral programme. We place great emphasis on providing the best possible learning environment so as to ensure that all children see themselves as pupils who can achieve and be successful. It is of paramount importance to us that there is a positive ethos in school where success is celebrated and where children who need support and encouragement can access it.