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Ethos, Values and Aims

Our school vision, "United in a love for learning, we will grow and succeed together" was created by our parents, governors, staff and pupils to reflect the ethos of our school. Our motto is underpinned  by our key Christian Values, perseverance, responsibility and compassion. The children know and understand each of these values and implement them in their daily lives, as citizens as well as in their approach to school work. This deep and spiritual understanding of these values brings the school motto to life and allows all our pupils to share success.

Perseverance

Hebrews 12.1: Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us that is before us.

Deuteronomy 13.6: The Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you of forsake you.

Spiritual - Despite opposition and adversity, Jesus did not compromise or lose heart in his determination to accomplish his mission. We recognize that sometimes we will face difficulties and personal challenges in life but we know that we can pray for God's help because he has promised never to leave us.

Moral - As the life of Jesus exemplifies, standing for justice and doing what we believe to be right, may not always result in change immediately. Sometimes we may feel discouraged. At our school, we teach that perseverance and endurance are important qualities in developing character.

Social - As a community, we value and celebrate perseverance, encouraging one another consistently to take one step at a time to achieve our goals. We offer a wide range of opportunities for children to volunteer in enterprises and to work with others from a range of ages and backgrounds to foster co-operation and collaboration in problem solving.

Cultural - We aim to foster a culture that recognises that 'quick wins' are not always possible and are often not sustainable. We believe that the principle of 'training well' is usually more fruitful in building character than 'trying harder'. We actively seek out contemporary as well as historical role models who have achieved their goals through persevering, even in the toughest of circumstances.

 Compassion

2 Colossians 3.12: Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Luke 10.25-37: (The story of the Good Samaritan)

Matthew 7.12: Treat others as you want them to treat you.

Spiritual - Jesus' works of healing were always rooted in his compassion for others. In the story he told which is known as the Good Samaritan, the compassion shown is directed toward someone totally unexpected. Jesus was making the point that we are called to care for those outside our own cultural or social circle as well as our friends and family.

The literal meaning of the word 'compassion' suggests suffering with or alongside someone else. In developing character, we encourage an attitude of empathy and understanding of others, trying to imagine what it is like to stand in the shoes of another.

Moral - We try to explore what it means to live out Jesus' teaching, exemplified in the command to do to others as you would have them do to you. (Matthew 7.12) This is sometimes known as The Golden Rule and underpins all our relationships and our behaviour policy.

Social - As a community, we try to share one another's burdens and to help everyone to know that struggling and failure are not signs of weakness but opportunities to learn more about ourselves and others, and to grow as an interdependent family.

We actively look out for opportunities to support charities and good causes that improve the quality of life for people in our own country and the wider world.

Cultural - We recognise that our nation has, throughout its history, offered a safe place for those fleeing persecution and disaster. We celebrate the rich diversity that this has brought to our culture and seek to play our part in offering a welcome to all those joining our school community especially anyone in any kind of need.

Responsibility