Values and ethos


"The little school that makes a big difference."


Our school is committed to developing lively, enquiring minds and promoting outstanding standards of achievement for all in a happy, safe and caring environment, based upon Christian values, which encourages all to show respect, acceptance and understanding of others.  Staff, parents and governors will strive to support and encourage the distinctiveness of our church school.


Our Christian values, including Respect, Compassion, Creativity, Truthfulness, Courage and Perseverance underpin our daily school life and are based on traditional British values and values for life. 


  • To encourage every member of the school community to strive for excellence, be proud of their achievements and value the positive ethos of the school.
  • To provide the highest quality inclusive education based upon a rich and varied curriculum, engaging pupils to become inspired by the diverse world around them, secure in the basic skills and the use of new technologies and given opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • To promote self-confidence by providing a secure, supportive environment where all can make outstanding progress and achieve their full potential through motivation, support and recognition.
  • To value first hand experiences, promote creativity and develop the ability of pupils to approach problems effectively.
  • To promote, through Christian values, a culture of care and consideration for all members of the school, the wider community, other cultures and the environment.
  • To help each child to think and learn, independently and co-operatively, thereby developing lively, enquiring and critical minds
  • To support personalised learning by giving clear guidance and direction for each individual child so as improve on prior achievements.
  • To develop an understanding of the need for good behaviour, good manners, self-discipline and personal responsibility.
  • To promote worship and maintain strong links with the Christian Church, whilst respecting parental rights for withdrawal.
  • To manage and provide quality resources and ensure best value for money.
  • To recognise the importance of effective partnership between staff, pupils, parents and carers, governors, the church and the wider community including local businesses, schools and the Local Authority.
  • To provide extended school opportunities and thereby nurture links between school, home, Church and the community.
  • To prepare children for a smooth transition for the next step in their education and help lay the foundations for life-long learning.
  • To equip pupils with the means of becoming happy, healthy adults and valuable citizens.
  • To promote fundamental British Values of democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs as set out in the Prevent Strategy (2011).


Bible Study Group - Church School Council

Last term we established a new 'Bible Study Group' as one of our lunchtime clubs.  This has proved popular with many of the children who enjoy discussing the stories from the bible.  Their main focus has been on stories about 'Justice' and 'Truthfulness' this term:  the aim being to explore the value of fairness and honesty.


The Church School Council is now in its second term.  This is a branch of the School Council, focusing specifically on the church school matters, giving pupils a clear voice in how we develop this aspect of the work of the school.


Some of our pupils were lucky enough to meet Archbishop Sentamu on his pilgrimage of prayer when he arrived in the village last term:  they were given some prayer beads as a memento of the occasion.  Those who attended reported that it was an experience 'not to be missed'.


During the lead up to Easter, we talked about Easter in worship and have added objects to our worship table, including palm crosses, a purple cloth, money and nails to remind us of the Easter story.  We covered the trees outside with decorated eggs to symbolise new life and we took part in a very interactive Easter Service at St Mary's Church.


This half term we are exploring the Christian Values of 'Respect and Reverence' in our Collective Worships and our reflection areas in the classrooms.  The children are developing their understanding of this Christian value, thinking of Bible stories linked to the theme.  As parents and teachers, our examples of respect for each other are critical for our children because they watch not only the media but they are also watching us!


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In England and Wales  Parents have the statutory right under   Section 71 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998  to withdraw their children from RE lessons and acts of Collective Worship at all maintained schools, including faith schools. Parents are not obliged to give a reason for requesting withdrawal.

The parental right to withdraw a child should be freely exercisable and the school must give effect to any such request.