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Personal Development

Our Mission Statement is:

'To educate each and every unique child in our care, to hear and respond to what God calls them to be'

The word educate in our mission statement relates to academic education but also to personal and holistic education. 

We attempt to ensure that each pupil develops into a well-rounded citizen who can contribute to society through the skills they have acquired during their time with us.

At Saint John Wall we recognise that the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and vocational development of our pupils plays an important part in their ability to learn and achieve.

We aim to deliver SMSCV education through all aspects of School Life: Curriculum, House System, extra-curricular activities, school trips, pastoral system, assemblies, masses and services as well as Cross Curricular Days.

Here is just a flavour of how this important dimension is celebrated in the life of the school:

Spiritual

  • Pupils have opportunities to reflect on learning experiences both in and out of lessons. For example, team talks following sports matches to reflect on how the game was played and agree the next steps; a reflective log in music lessons where pupils assess what they have done well and identify the next steps to make progress changed over time, an opportunity to listen back, make changes and re-record.
  • In Science lessons, pupil’s study various topics that contributes to their perspective on life.
  • Mr Lloyd-Price and Mrs Ellis organise Masses and services for pupils to attend.
  • Pupils are able to visit the Chapel and speak with the Lay Chaplain.
  • Pupils in all years have opportunities for pupil leadership, including our Faith Ambassadors who lead pupils in their spiritual development. 
  • We offer pupils and staff the opportunity to attend adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Each day begins with a daily reflection focusing on the theme of Sunday's Gospel
  • An opportunity to pray the rosary is offered to staff and pupils during May & October

  • Pupils write, arrange and take part in all Collective Worship including Masses and Services. 
  • As a Catholic School for All, we discuss and reflect on the celebrations of other religions including Diwali.
  • The RE KS3 curriculum has been developed to study other religions within the Bishop’s RE Curriculum.
  • In Year 7 & 9, pupils have the opportunity to reflect on their spirituality on retreat to Alton Castle & Soli Youth Retreat Centre.
  • The Quo Vadis Mental Health programme has been introduced in to Lifestyle lessons to provide wellbeing support rooted in the Catholic faith. 
  • During the last week of term, pupils have the opportunity to explore different religions, including Judaism and events which have impacted the religious practices today. 

Moral

  • Looking at right and wrong:  History pupils learning about the Suffragette movement.
  • In Year 10 RE lesson, pupils study the sensitive topics of euthanasia and abortion.
  • Pupils show an interest in and respect for other people's feelings and values. Within lessons, pupils investigate and offer reasoned views about moral and ethical issues.
  • In History, pupils study the impact of how the Germans treated different sections of society.
  • Fund raising activities always have a high profile within the school including cake sales, Family Fast Days & our summer fete.
  • TenTen Theatre resources are used to encourage pupils to reflect on moral issues such as love, relationship and life changing decisions.
  • Collective Worship covers many events/topics such as Anti-Bullying Week and County Lines
  • Our November Values@ Day focuses on right choices, including visiting speakers from the Police and 2020 Dreams
  • In Food Technology pupils examine food packaging and how products are labelled.
  • During form time, pupil use the Values@ PowerPoint to consider how to make the right choices and understand how their brain works.
  • Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their choices and behaviour through our Saints League.
  • We work closely with the police to promote right choices.

Social

  • In English, pupils have the opportunity to learn in a variety of settings. Expectations for learning are carefully transferred from classroom to ICT suite, to the Learning Resource Centre.
  • The warm relationships enjoyed by pupils with their teachers is commented on by all visitors to the school.
  • BBC Young Reporter: Pupils work together as a team to decide the story, communicate clearly to their audience and work to a deadline.
  • In Geography pupils investigate natural disasters and learn the social consequences of these events.
  • Pupils have the opportunity to visit the Galleries of Justice in KS4 History.
  • Restorative Justice meetings take place to ensure pupils get along with each other and that any issues are dealt with appropriately.
  • House Competitions are an opportunity for pupils working in teams to achieve house points with the support of their peers.
  • In RE, pupils complete a D type question which asks them to discuss a controversial issue.
  • In Year 7 & 9, pupils have the opportunity to develop their team building skills on retreat to Alton Castle & Soli Youth Retreat Centre.
  • In science pupils study the reproduction – aspect of life and relationship.
  • During the last week of term, pupils have the opportunity to visit local places of interest including Birmingham Art Gallery.

Cultural

  • The cultural environment of the school is a warm and caring one created so that pupils may thrive.
  • Pupil successes are celebrated in as many ways as possible; posters around the school, achievement assemblies and celebration evenings all help to show pupils how they are valued as individuals. It is always heart-warming to see pupils celebrating the achievements of their peers.
  • Displays celebrate and value both academic and extra-curricular achievements throughout the school.
  • The PE Department encourage opportunities for girls in what may be perceived as typically male dominated sports for example Football.
  • Humanities trip to Europe.
  • Each year we celebrate Black History Month, this culminates in our Cultural Heritage Day- a huge celebration of the multi-cultural community we belong to. Pupils are invited to wear cultural clothing.
  • EAL Department work with pupils from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
  • Pupils from each house learn about and celebrate their patron – Nelson Mandela, John Paul, Emmeline Pankhurst, Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi.

Vocational

  • All pupils look at who God is calling them to be in collective worship and form time.
  • All pupils focus on careers and vocations during our March Values@ Day. 
  • We work closely with the Diocesan Vocations Office and invite key speakers in to discuss their vocation.
  • Year 8 Pathways process encourages pupils to think about what God is calling them to be.
  • Year 10 Passport for Life enables pupils to reflect on who they are as a person and what they think their future holds.
  • All departments allow opportunities for links to vocations within lessons.
  • Career advice and interviews focus on who God is calling them to be.
  • Each department created resources on careers and vocations celebrated National Careers Week'