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"Fishing" for our Aims ...

Our aims as a school are central to what we do each day.  

Our school aims have their roots in:

  1. Its people

We spent nine months asking each part of the school community (children, parents, governors and staff) what they would want a child to gain from up to seven years at our school. We called this process “Hands, Head and Heart”: what skills a child should have (Hands), what they should know (Head) and what values they should hold (Heart). The results were combined in a “word cloud” for each. They are worth looking at, as each individual is represented, and you’ll see some quirky responses from children’s points of view, but also some strong themes. All the responses and the themes that emerged were distilled into the succinct statement of aims above.

  1. Its Christian foundation

The school has a statement of ethos (as do all Church of England schools). It forms part of our Instrument of Government:

“Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience its offers to all its pupils.”

The governors worked on a useful exploration and explanation of our Christian ethos – you’ll find it on our “ Christian Ethos ” page. Our aims provide a way of putting these noble objectives into practice.

  1. The Bible

As a church school, our values naturally flow from the words of the Bible. The selected verses below give us an idea of the biblical basis of our aims, including, for each aim, one of Jesus’ parables. We could have chosen many others, and individual verses taken out of context will only give part of the picture, but we hope that they show that our values have much deeper historical and spiritual roots.

Compassion

Luke 15:11-31 (The parable of the prodigal, or lost, son)

Verse 20: But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

Psalm 145: 8-9

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.

Colossians 3:11-13

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

1 Peter 3:8

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.

Respect for others and for self

Luke 10:25-37 (The parable of the good Samaritan)

Verse 36-37: (Jesus asked) ‘Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’ The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’

Leviticus 19:18

Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbour as yourself. 

1 Peter 2:17 and 3:15

Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honour the emperor.

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

Psalm 139: 13&14

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Striving for your best

Matthew 25:14-30 The parable of the talents (bags of gold)

23: The master replied: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

Philippians 3:12b-14

I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:23

 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.