Vision, 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.
Ashbury Church of England Primary School is a place for every child to embrace our Christian core values of Compassion, Perseverance and Responsibility; underpinned by:
Matthew 7:7 Ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened.
Wellbeing will be the centre of our ethos which will enable our Ashbury family to develop in a supportive environment. Every child is unique and will challenge themselves to reach their absolute potential. Pupils will leave Ashbury CE Primary School with the necessary critical thinking skills, knowledge and resilience to continue to develop in our ever changing world.
Our happy school is supported by a nurturing, safe and challenging environment which allows our children to express their faith and creativity. Our Christian Values help our children care for one another and understand the importance of their own development and wellbeing. Through a broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum, our children feel confident, motivated and inspired to reach their full potential. Ashbury CE Primary School is at the heart of the community and together we will grow and succeed.
The School Values of 'perseverance, compassion and responsibility' tie this community together and are evident throughout the school.
Ofsted, December 2019
Genesis 6:8-22: Noah and the Flood
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.
John 6:1-14: Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
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.