Catholic Values

Pupils at Bishop Walsh are growing to be…

Faithful in their relations with others and with God; displaying integrity at all times.

Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and showing dignity to earn respect.

A person of humility grateful for their own gifts; for the gift of other people and for the blessings of each day; and gentle with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.

Truthful in what they say of themselves and others in the pursuit of justice.

Forgiving of the deeds of others and oneself with the desire to show mercy by finding God in all things.

Pure in heart so they can see God; living a life of holiness and total devotion to Jesus Christ.

Tolerant in their acceptance of the diverse nature of society whilst seeking peace in order to be children of God.

Pupils of service to imitate the ‘Servant King’; advocating the call to sacrifice knowing they will be rewarded in the Kingdom of Heaven.

The values highlighted in colour come directly from The Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7)

                                        which start the Sermon on the Mount.


Fundamental British Values are Christian Values


British Values

Value: principles or standards of behaviour; one’s judgement of what is important in life

The British government believes British values are:

  1. Democracy
  2. The Rule of Law
  3. Individual Liberty
  4. Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

These are British Values but they are also values rooted in the Gospel and the Holy Spirit.  In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus teaches the people those values that build up the Kingdom of God, here and now. They reveal the goal of human existence; they are revealed fully in the life of Jesus Christ.

‘This is a Catholic school which seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ.  We promote these values by our words and deeds, and Catholic doctrine and practice therefore permeates every aspect of the 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.”


How are these displayed?

Display in the link

The values diagram is situated in the main school building. Pupils see this image every day that they are in school. It is also used in RE lessons. The diagram has also featured in SLT assemblies.

gospel values

Displayed in classrooms

An aspirational tree is visible in every classroom. This tree reminds of our vision.


In their diaries

We focus on different values very half term. The pupils take part in assemblies, form group reflections and discussion topics based on these values.  They reflect on their understanding and ownership of this value at the end of the half term in the yellow pages in their diaries.

Half term 1 Faithfulness Integrity
Half term 2 Dignity Compassion Humility Gentleness
Half term 3 Truth Justice
Half term 4 Forgiveness Mercy Purity Holiness
Half term 5 Tolerance Peace
Half term 6 Service Sacrifice


Rewards – The Aspire Scheme- Year 7  

Pupils should ASPIRE to follow in Jesus’ footsteps.

When a pupil demonstrates one of the values (service, tolerance, truth, compassion and /or humility) they have their card signed off. Their card can be signed off by a member of staff or by a sixth form prefect.

At the end of the year, pupils will be rewarded by going on a secret ‘mission’.

Assembly rota

At the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches the people those values that build up the kingdom of God.  They reveal the goal of human existence and are revealed fully in the life of Jesus Christ.

Assembly and reflection themes at Bishop Walsh Catholic School are rooted in The Beatitudes.  We want our young people to live out their lives according to the gospel values below:

Faithfulness & Integrity, Dignity & Compassion, Humility & Gentleness, Truth & Justice, Forgiveness & Mercy, Purity & Holiness, Tolerance & Peace, Service & Sacrifice.

SLT and heads of year are also expected to promote British Values through Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development.  The following themes need to be explored throughout the academic year in assemblies by staff:

Relationships & Sex Education, Diversity, Drugs & Alcohol Education, Economic & Financial Awareness, Emotional & Mental Wellbeing, Staying Safe & Making Informed Choices, Keeping Healthy, Social Skills, Careers, Anti-Smoking, Anti-Bullying, First Aid & Emergency Life Support, Life Skills, Independence & Confidence.

Example Assembly rota: November to December 2015

Beatitude:  Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Gospel Values:  Dignity & Compassion.
Key Learning Skill:  Collaboration & Engagement

Date Year Group(s) Theme
Tuesday 03/11 12-13 Dignity & Compassion; Remembrance*
Tuesday 03/11 8 SMSVC development
Wednesday 04/11 10-11 Dignity & Compassion; Remembrance
Wednesday 04/11 9 SMSVC development
Thursday 05/11 8-9 Dignity & Compassion; Remembrance
Thursday 05/11 10 SMSVC development
Friday 06/11 13 UCAS & KPMG
Friday 06/11 7 SMSVC development
Friday 06/11 10B Mass


Beatitude:  Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Gospel Values:  Humility & Gentleness.


Date Year Group(s) Theme
Monday 16/11 10/11 Humility & Gentleness; Anti-bullying week*
Monday 16/11 7 SMSVC development
Tuesday 17/11 12/13 Humility & Gentleness; Anti-bullying week
Tuesday 17/11 8 SMSVC development
Wednesday 18/11 8-9 Humility & Gentleness; Anti-bullying week
Wednesday 18/11 10 SMSVC development
Thursday 19/11 7 Humility & Gentleness; Anti-bullying week
Thursday 19/11 9 SMSVC development
Friday 20/11 13 Finances
Friday 20/11 11 SMSVC development