St John’s Church of England VA Primary School
Vision and Values
…… Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1 v9 :
As a Church of England School, we aim to work with parents, pupils, staff, governors and the church to provide a safe environment in which each child is valued as an individual made in the image of God, and in which the child can find security, acceptance, reassurance and an opportunity to develop their potential. We aim to create a caring and happy community in which Christian values are upheld.
OUR ETHOS STATEMENT
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 it offers to all its pupils.
St. John’s Church of England Primary School is a church school and as such, our principle beliefs and values are derived from the foundation of the Church of England.
We aim to:
Enable each child to reach their full potential in all aspects of the school curriculum.
Provide children with an education appropriate to the world beyond the classroom.
Develop in children a love of learning, a pride in work well done and a desire to expand their knowledge and skills throughout life.
Help children learn to live together in a community and to become responsible, independent people, who are able to think deeply about the world around them and to respect other races, religions, ways of life and points of view.
Develop in children a positive sense of moral responsibility, giving them the self-confidence and skills to express their opinions.
Offer each member of the school community an experience of Christian life and worship.
Value and foster links with and between home, school, parish and the wider community.
OUR SCHOOL VALUES
RELIGIOUS CHARACTER OF ST JOHN’s
The school’s religious Education policy has been drawn up in accordance with the Somerset Agreed Syllabus with reference to the Diocesan Board of Education, and the daily Act of Worship is intended to reflect our Christian tradition. It is, however, intended that our pupils should gain some awareness and understanding of other world religions. Daily collective worship for the whole school takes place on Mondays and Fridays at a school collective worship in the hall. There are separate Class and Key Stage assemblies on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Worship through Music on Wednesdays.
For festivals and special occasions we hold services at St John’s Church, Wellington.