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St Francis Xavier

Collective Worship & British Values

It is the religious nature of our school that makes us truly distinctive from other good and outstanding schools.

At St. Francis Xavier, our Christian values and heritage form the foundations of all that we do.

In our day-to-day lives in school, the command to ‘love God’ and ‘’love neighbour’ are lived out in our striving to be the very best that we can, whilst always remembering and caring for others.  A number of acts of Collective Worship take place each week, some of which are whole school, some for individual year groups, and others that are purely voluntary. It is very much the policy of the school, to actively encourage all our pupils to be open to the spiritual aspect of life here at St. Francis Xavier School.

The joint faith nature of the school is a feature of which we are very proud, and our community is supported by two denominational chaplains. In addition to the weekly schedule of class and school assemblies, full Christian acts of worship take place throughout the year.

All pupils take part in at least two Eucharistic services annually, one Catholic and one Anglican, when all children receive either communion or a blessing in line with the respective church traditions. Christmas, Easter and the end of the school year are celebrated with whole school liturgies involving many of the pupils in the delivery of readings and prayers. A voluntary Eucharistic service is held each week and is well attended.

Our philosophy is that coming together at these times helps us grow personally and develop a love of our neighbour that we can take from school into our homes and the wider community. Children of other faith backgrounds are very welcome within our school, and this sharing of common beliefs and recognition of differences is a quality we hope will develop in our pupils into tolerance, understanding and respect for all.

British Values

At St. Francis Xavier, our Christian values sit comfortably with British Values. In our day-to-day lives in school, the command to ‘love God’ and ‘’love neighbour’ are lived out in our striving to be the very best that we can, whilst always remembering and caring for others.  

This simple but powerful ethos embraces:

Democracy - lived out through the democratic voting system we use for election to student council and the selection process for Head Boy and Head Girl.

Tolerance - education is key to tolerance. Educating students to understand and celebrate differences encourages tolerance.

Mutual Respect - as a small school we soon get to know one another and the mutual respect feeds through all aspects of our daily lives from collective worship to  simple acts of kindness.

Individual Liberty - the freedom of free speech is an important part of our society and one we nurture in school.

The Rule of Law - the rules we have in school are designed to ensure that each person has guidance so that they can uphold the school ethos.

The joint faith nature of the school is a feature of which we are very proud, and is further evidence of the mutual respect in school. Our philosophy is that coming together in school helps us grow personally and develop a better understanding of British Values that we can take from school into our homes and the wider community.