At St. Francis Xavier School, our Christian values of Compassion, Courage, Service and Stewardship form the foundations for everything we do. Underpinning this, is our school ethos of ‘Love God. Love Your Neighbour’.
Together, our values and ethos create an environment in which all members of our school community are enabled to be the best they can possibly be, through their willingness to serve one another.
Our values and ethos permeate all areas of school life, ensuring that all of our young people are cared for, and given the opportunities to develop academically, personally and spiritually. This, in turn, means they are enabled to flourish as children of God, putting our school values and ethos into action in the community and wider society.
In our endeavour to promote and live-out our school values, it is not only clear that these perfectly complement British Values, but are, in fact, at the root of every British Value we uphold at St. Francis Xavier School:
Rooted in our values of service and stewardship, St. Francis Xavier School promotes democracy through a culture of freedom and equality, where everyone is given the space to speak and to be heard, and to express their opinions and their needs, so that we can appropriately look after one another. This is evidenced in the democratic voting system we use for election to student council, House Captains and Head Students.
The Rule of Law
Part of being good stewards of God’s creation means ensuring that St. Francis Xavier School is a happy, safe and secure environment, in which every member is enabled to thrive and flourish. The rules we have in school are designed to ensure this, with our school ethos at the heart of every rule in place.
Tolerance and Mutual Respect
Our school value of compassion – in which we are called to look lovingly and mercifully upon every member of God’s creation, lends itself perfectly to promoting these British Values. Showing compassion towards others, in the knowledge that loving our neighbour encompasses a love of every one of God’s people regardless of their values, ideas and beliefs, promotes tolerance and respect. It also enables us to understand and celebrate diversity. The joint faith nature of our school adds to this further, clearly demonstrating the importance our school places upon tolerance and mutual respect.
Protecting the rights of our young people and all those who work with them is supported by our school values of service and stewardship. Individual liberty encompasses equality and human rights, consent and individuality, personal development and respect and dignity of all peoples. All of these things are underpinned by our ethos and values, in which loving and serving God through showing love and service toward one another form the foundations for everything we do.