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Church of England Primary School

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Christian Distinctiveness

Christian Values in school

Revisit of the Christian Vision for our school:

Where a love of learning grows


A strong sense of Christian purpose for our school community is now being refreshed and renewed.


Three sentences were drawn from this to create a mission statement strapline. This encapsulates the wider vision making it easily accessible for all:

Growing in knowledge

Growing in faith

Growing in God’s love


It is of the utmost importance to the school community knowing that in all that we do we have our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ is

beside us at all times to support and guide us.

The vision grew from a verse from Paul’s letter to the Philippians:


‘I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength’

(Philippians 4 v 13)


This Christian vision is rooted in the desire to nurture all within the school community, flourishing both now and in the future. Before commencing on re-visioning all staff and governors along with the new Headteacher reflected on how to move forwards. This included reading key current documents to inform the vision and meeting to discuss the Vision at the Vision and values meeting half termly. These included :

· Church of England Vision for Education: Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good

· New SIAMS inspection Framework

· Valuing All God’s Children 2


The vision permeates all aspects of school life. The school community is conversant with the different elements ie mission statement, vision and theological roots.


It is embedded across the school through the following ways:

  • Action canvas for the Vision in action
  • Posters in every room in the school
  • Depicted on the Worship table and School vision signed at the beginning of worship
  • Part of front page of the school website and as a footer on every email and headed notepaper and compliment slip
  • Across the top of the school’s weekly newsletter
  • Weekly prayer in newsletter
  • Article in Trinity Times
  • PHSE lesson time used to explore the vision with children
  • Its impact is discussed regularly at staff meetings. It is a standing agenda item for governor meetings and school council meetings and Vision and Values Governor meetings.
  • Frequent references to Jesus being with us at all times, underpinned by Christian values, ensure that the whole school community lives the vision.
  • Welly Wednesday – Launch by Wednesday Worship – led by Reverend Gary
  • Welly Wednesday – to celebrate God’s world


In school we have 6 Christian values.

These values were revised in 2021-22 and from this revision the values these are the values selected by the children, staff, governors and parents of school. The children in Class 1 and Class 2 created drawings to go with each value. The bible references were selected in consultation with the children, staff, and Vision and values committee as well as rev Gary from church. Click on the power point to see the pictures the children created alongside the Christian values. This power point is displayed in school in the hall, during Worship and in the classrooms. 



1 Corinthians 16: 13

Stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong



Ecclesiastes 4: 9 – 12

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help



Timothy 6: 19

Be rich in good deeds, and to be generous



Romans 5: 4

Endurance produces character, and character produces hope



Mark 12:31

Love your neighbour as yourself




Psalm 56: 3

In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.