Learning for life in a positive and caring Christian community
Our school ethos is based on Christian and British values and provides our pupils with a strong moral, spiritual and emotional framework upon which to build their lives.
Our school ethos means we are …
- a place where children learn in a meaningful way and lead fulfilling lives in the present (e.g. now as a 9- year- old or a 5- year- old)
- a place where children learn in a meaningful way and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives in the future, aware of their rights and responsibilities as a citizen of the UK and the world
- a place where children are prepared for their launch into the big wide world motivated to continue learning, confident enough to be themselves, resilient to knock-backs and able to recognise and grasp all of life’s wonderful opportunities
- a place where, by respecting our differences and caring for each other, we show the world how humanity can live in harmony
- a community based on positivity, where problems are solved by talking, and rewards and opportunities are available to all
- a place where parents and families feel welcomed and valued
- a school where EVERY CHILD MATTERS is not just a catch-phrase but a TRUTH
As a Church of England School we aim ….
- to ensure that each child knows they are valued and supported, so that they can reach their full potential; spiritual, emotional, social, physical and intellectual, in an ethos of Christian love, tolerance and understanding
- to serve the whole community and warmly welcome children and their families whatever their faith, culture or means
- to provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment so that each pupil has the opportunity to achieve and acquire skills and knowledge required for life now and in the future
- to promote a positive and purposeful environment where effort, progress and attainment are encouraged, acknowledged and celebrated.
To achieve our aims we foster the following Christian values:
LOVE — HOPE — JOY — COURAGE — PEACE — TRUTHFULNESS — FORGIVENESS and RECONCILIATION — GENEROSITY and THANKFULNESS — COMPASSION and COMMUNITY — EQUALITY and INCLUSIVENESS.
We serve the whole community and welcome children and their families whatever their faith or belief. We join together in an act of worship on a daily basis – any child may be withdrawn from this at parental request.
The DfE has reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. These values are:
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
For information regarding the day-to-day implementation of these values please see the Promoting British Values Statement and other relevant documents. These documents can be found on the Policies section of the website.