We at St. Gerard’s believe that each child is unique and the recognition of this individuality, together with a concern for the total development of the ‘whole child’ should be at the heart of our educational philosophy. This is in line with our Mission Statement which is evident around our school to remind all staff, parents and visitors of our reasons for learning.
We feel that this development is best achieved in an atmosphere where personal relationships can flourish and children of all faiths are respected and given the opportunity to explore his/her own capabilities and potential in the knowledge that he/she has the support and encouragement of a caring community.
St Gerard’s is very much part of the community. The School accepts Catholic children living within the Parish of St. Marie’s. In addition the school admits a number of traveller children and children from the local Refuge. Many of the children come to us from non-Christian faith traditions or with no religious beliefs of affiliations whatsoever. All are made welcome and all the children participate to a greater or lesser extent in the school’s religious activities. The School has recently become part of the parish of St Wilfrid’s.
Religious Studies address all pupils in our school regardless of diversity of religious background and commitment. They aim to:
- Help pupils recognise and appreciate the religious and spiritual dimensions of life
- Lead to a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Catholic and other religious traditions
- Challenge pupils to examine their own commitment and to respect that of other.
- We recognise that there will be vacancies in the stages and levels of faith experienced by individual members of our school community.
We recognise the importance of interaction between home, parish and school in fostering true Christian attitudes and helping to develop in each person a deeper understanding of his/her relationship with God.
Religious Education occupies a central place in the life of our school and is to be found across the whole curriculum stimulating spiritual growth and development along with academic, physical and social progress.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
The governors at St Gerard' Catholic Primary and Nursery School have adopted the Journey in Love programme to support relationships and sex educaiton across the school from Nursery to year 6. The programme of study is authentic to the teaching of the Catholic Church.
As part of our commitment to you, we will hold a meeting annually for the parents and carers of children across the school to discuss the programme. As parents, you have the right to withdraw your child from this aspect of the curriculum however, this is not to be confused with curriculum Science which is statutory.