Distinctive interpretation of Policy

As a church based academy founded on Christian values, the governors regard it as essential that the interpretation of all our policies, whether curriculum based or administrative, is based on the teaching of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

It is important to remember that, in its purest form, our faith is not a legalistic one and is based on the spirit rather than the letter of the law.

Jesus’ teachings in the New Testament about observing the Sabbath and the philosophy for life he expanded on in the Sermon of the Mount illustrate this very clearly. Such an approach brought great benefits to ordinary people in everyday life but led Jesus into serious conflict with the Scribes and Pharisees and the Jewish establishment in general.
As a governing body, we undertake to use Christ’s approach –not to undermine policy or statutory requirement but to enhance it.

A topical example could be policy regarding children taking holidays in term time. Up until a few years ago, some parents too readily took their children out of school for holidays and as a result school attendance and progress suffered. Very sensibly central government expected schools to address this and gave head teachers powers to administer fines through the local authority to back this up. However, whilst the central focus of all this was to help children by raising standards of academic attainment, this spirit was too quickly lost by legalistic Government, LAs and schools. Instead, the focus increasingly became attendance statistics for their own sake with less flexibility for case by case decisions. In some cases the narrow interpretation actually led to a break down in parent school relationships and provided an incentive for parents to tell untruths and to encourage children to do likewise. This legalistic approach sometimes had a negative outcome on standards.

This is a very good example of how an over legalistic approach to policy may have a detrimental effect. Had the policy been administered according to the Christian spirit with more concern given to individual circumstances, whilst keeping the central aim in mind, much better results would have been achieved.

There are numerous other examples of where a truly distinctive Christian interpretation of policy does make a real difference although it takes courage and confidence to do this.

The governors expect all policies to be administered with this in mind and undertake to hold an annual discussion during a meeting so as to monitor how effectively we are using our distinctively Christian interpretation.

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St Mary's Academy - EAL policy - Sept 2014 342.45 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Nursery Admissions Policy - 2017-2018 259.80 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Privacy Notice for Pupils & Parents 227.20 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Admissions Policy - 2020-21 188.42 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Accessibility plan - March 2019 171.60 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Early Years Foundation Policy - October 2019 642.74 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Educational Visits Policy - June 2020 134.05 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Complaints Procedure - June 2020 235.87 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Attendance Policy - June 2020 286.37 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Behaviour Policy - June 2020 246.26 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Health & Safety Policy - June 2020 328.51 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Anti-Bullying Policy - June 2020 320.21 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Charging & Remissions Policy - July 2018 116.42 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Collective Act of Worship Policy - November 2019 154.73 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Missing Child Policy - Nov 2017 160.49 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions policy - Sept 2015 222.38 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Equality Information & Objectives - November 2020 112.73 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Whistleblowing Policy - November 2020 282.86 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Freedom of Information Publication Scheme - November 2020 216.84 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Sex & Relationships Education Policy - November 2020 180.00 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Policy for Inclusion & Support of Looked After Children - November 2020 109.00 KB

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St Mary’s Academy – Admissions Policy – 2021-22 171.35 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Child Protection Policy - September 2021 523.71 KB

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St Mary's Academy - E Safety Policy - September 2021 235.17 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Financial Procedure Policy - September 2021 221.25 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Admissions Policy - 2022-2023 162.89 KB

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St Mary's Academy - Special Needs Policy Incorporating Special Needs Information Report - September 2021 240.11 KB

    Requests for particular policies not listed here can be made via the school office or by e-mail at office@st-marys-folkestone.kent.sch.uk