Educating for wisdom, knowledge and skills: enabling confidence and delight in seeking wisdom and knowledge, and developing talents in all areas of life.
For all our children to have ‘life in all its fullness’, we want them to develop all the skills they can to thrive now and in their future. We want them to have access to high quality learning which not only teaches them ‘about things’ (knowledge), but teaches them how to apply what they have learnt into different situations (skills) and the ability to understand the difference between right and wrong in a wide variety of contexts (wisdom). We nurture intellectual curiosity, emotional intelligence and creativity across the whole range of school subjects, as well as what is needed to understand and practise to become successful learners, responsible citizens and confident individuals.
Educating for hope and aspiration: enabling healing, repair and renewal, coping wisely when things go wrong, opening horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them.
For all our children to have ‘life in all its fullness’, we want them to have hope and aspiration. We seek to promote delight in what is good, enthusiasm for learning and joy in all that life offers. In order to achieve this, we aim to develop young people who are good problem solvers, critical thinkers and children who, despite the challenges life throws at them, have the resilience to rise above and work for a bright future. We aim to develop children who are thoughtful and can reflect on their own experiences and respond appropriately.
Educating for community and living well together: a core focus on relationships, participation in communities and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.
For all our children to have ‘life in all its fullness’, we want them to grow up with a positive understanding of what it means to be part of a community, how to work together, how to share resources fairly and equitably, and how to respect each other’s opinions and beliefs. We aim to develop the skills needed to live well together, to build strong, positive and lasting relationships, to be resourceful and to develop resilience when things are tough. We are all part of God’s family and we have a strong sense of friendship, togetherness and trust.
Educating for dignity and respect: the basic principle of respect for the value and preciousness of each person, treating each person as a unique individual of inherent worth.
For all our children to have ‘life in all its fullness’, we want them to be kind and compassionate, and have dignity and respect for themselves and each other. We celebrate diversity and promote inclusion. We have robust safeguarding procedures in place and a welcoming learning environment which ensures equal opportunity for all children. We promote a wide awareness of issues and encourage children to make a positive difference to the world and our community, through making a stand against injustice and becoming courageous advocates for change.
‘Life in all its fullness’ will look different for all members of our school community. Nevertheless, through the pursuit of excellence; offering the widest possible breadth of curriculum and planned and spontaneous opportunities for spiritual development, we believe everyone should be able to flourish and achieve their full potential.
We have chosen two parables and two encounters with Jesus to exemplify the four areas of our vision and our Christian values.
God wants us to know that the universe is vast and life is amazing. He wants us to be thankful and appreciate life’s beauty. God wants us to learn and never give up, be creative and curious, develop our talents, and use our knowledge and skills well.
The story of The Wise and Foolish Builders (Matthew 7:24-29) reminds us to be wise and make good choices.
God wants all his children to know that his love and forgiveness are bigger than everything. God gives us hope: if we fail, we can try again; if things fall apart, it is not the end. God is faithful and we can always trust him. Hope means we can aim high, we can have aspirations to be the very best we can be.
The story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) reminds us that we can have a new start whenever it is needed.
Being part of God’s family is amazing and in his family we are called to work together not on our own, to learn to love each other and to know that everyone is needed. We are not all good at the same things, yet together we can be great and share our talents.
The story of The Paralysed Man and the Four Friends (Mark 2:1-12) reminds us that we should build a community of kindness, friendship and love.
However small we may feel, God knows us, notices us and loves each of us. Everyone is someone and everyone matters. God has made each of us for a purpose. He wants us to be courageous advocates serving others both within our community and further afield.
The story of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37) reminds us that we should show compassion and respect for all.