School Vision Document
Our school vision has been established through joint working with children, parents, staff and governors to create the highest quality education for the children in our care. The vision for our school is based on eight core statements: Exploring and sharing faith - through our collective worship, visitors and many aspects of the life of our school, we will explore faith from various perspectives. We will be rooted in biblical teaching having a deeply Christian foundation, with ‘life in all its fullness’ at its heart. Inspiring creativity – we will seek to become creative thinkers and be creative in learning and the approaches we take to learning. The bible teaches us how creative God is and we seek to be creative in our thinking and learning approaches. We are inspired by God’s creativity and hope to translate this in our pedagogy to ultimately engender creativity in our children. Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand. Outstanding teaching and learning – we aim to deliver the highest quality education possible through innovative teaching and rich learning experiences. We aim for excellence in everything we do building on our school bible verse Colossians : 3 v 23 ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord.’ In aiming for excellence we provide the best opportunities and education for our children. Serving the community: thinking of others – we aim to translate our faith in action on a day to day relational basis, within the local community and the wider, global community. Philippians 2:4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. We aim to discover, explore and celebrate our gifts and talents to enable us to use these to help others. 1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. Valuing and caring for each other – as an expression of our values we will ensure we respect one another, our diverse culture and show love and care to one another. We aim to show God’s love to one another showing compassions for all children and those in our local and wider community. Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another just as God has forgiven you in the Messiah. Learning through the outdoors – living in a rural setting we aim to explore life through the outdoors giving us a greater respect and understanding for the local and global environment. Psalm 24:1 “A Psalm of David. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.” Based on this we aim to provide the children with the opportunities and skills to connect with and value the Earth. We also aim to give our children the opportunity to reflect in and around our environment to enable them to connect with the environment and explore this prayerfully. Developing healthiness and enterprise – we aim to encourage a healthy lifestyle by providing high quality physical education and outdoor opportunities. In addition, develop an awareness of enterprise and initiative taking when solving problems. We hope to encourage the children to be healthy to be confident and ensure a positive mental health building and finding strength in the following bible verse: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies. Showing independence, enthusiasm and self confidence – our aim to encourage independence not reliance, motivation and inspiration whilst creating opportunities to build confidence and belief in one’s ability and gifts. We build on the certainty of God’s love for us and the confidence that brings to us. Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint
Colossians : 3 v 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord. In this verse Paul, writing to the Colossians, echoes his teaching from verse 17, that Christian conduct should extend to all aspects of life, not just a small set of rules. "Whatever" includes any and all contexts. Christians of all kinds are to work "heartily," from the Greek phrase ek psyches, meaning "from the soul." This implies the ideas working with enthusiasm and passion. Demonstrating a good work attitude makes a tremendous difference in one's personal life and in our influence on others. Paul's words remind us that, regardless of our role in life, all of our service is really for God. Whatever role we have in life, every person is called to work for God's honour. We do not work "for men" or simply earthly goals, but to glorify our heavenly Father. Living for the Lord's honour is very relevant in one's personal life, immediate family, and work contexts. To do something for the Lord means we do it knowing something â€” that from the Lord we will receive the reward of the inheritance. So doing something for the Lord does not mean doing something to meet the Lordâ€™s needs. It means doing something to receive the Lordâ€™s reward. And the reward the Lord gives is the inheritance, the joy of knowing him forever. So, to work heartily for the Lord means to work heartily for the reward of joy in the Lord.
The values which have been developed with all stakeholders in our school community, act as a thread in all we do. These are taught in worship time and reflected upon in weekly class reflections. The aim of these reflections is to explore in a meaningful way, how these apply to our lives. In doing so we then acknowledge to potential impact they have on the lives of ourselves and the community. As the children leave us at the end of Year 6 we encourage the children to consider what values they would wish for their lives. Each half term we explore these values from a biblical perspective and encourage the children to think how we can apply these on a daily basis. The values are displayed around school in various forms.