Christian Distinctiveness

How do we care for, nurture and educate our children – and in doing so, what messages do we give them? As a Church school  all staff have a unique opportunity to model Christian values to children and parents. Our vision is underpinned by this bible verse from Matthew 5:16.

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

Across the whole school day and across the whole curriculum we show our pupils how this narrative makes a difference. In everything we do, in all our documentation, in the school organisation and management, it should be obvious that the school and its associated values (Perseverance, Ambition, Respect and Kindness) are unique and have impact on young lives,  in order that they shine and achieve success and well-being.

 What makes a good Church school?

Our vision and narrative do not stand alone but are the foundations for all our work. In our distinctive ethos everyone shares the same aims. Our children know and recall stories, objects and songs which underpin the narrative of every child's light shining here. In this way there is a deliberate attempt to link the gospel of Christ with the daily life of the school. It leads to 

  • an atmosphere of encouragement, acceptance and respect;
  • a sensitivity to individual needs where children's self-esteem and confidence grow and where they feel able to make mistakes without fear of criticism;
  • a partnership between adults and children;
  • a sensitivity towards the beliefs, hopes and fears of parents;
  • the provision of stepping stones to and from the community
  • a curriculum that combines academic rigour with fun, sensitivity, reflection and prayerfulness.

Recent comment from Ofsted report (July 2017)

  • The school’s values reflect the school’s Christian character and British values. Assemblies provide frequent reminders about the importance of these. Pupils are keen to debate moral dilemmas such as whether Robin Hood was right to steal from the rich to give to the poor. Older pupils are happy to help around the school and take on extra responsibilities, such as being a school councillor or helping during assembly and playtime. In these ways leaders ensure that pupils are prepared well for life in modern Britain.