“Through the school’s values, children learn the importance of equality and diversity. They celebrate each other’s differences and believe that it is these differences that help them to be a strong team”. (Ofsted, June 2019)
Vision and Values
Our school vision is:
‘All achieve; all create; all believe; all a family’
This was chosen by Emily in Year 5 following a school competition. We investigated the Methodist 4 Alls: All need to be saved. All must be saved. All may know themselves saved. All may be saved to the uttermost.”
We considered what ‘all’ our school believed and how we worked and lived together. Emily encapsulated this in our own four Alls.
This vision is lived out in classrooms; on the playground; at lunchtime; in Collective Worship; in our behaviour and learning. The vision for our school is that ‘all’ will achieve their potential in their spiritual, emotional, social and academic areas. They will believe in themselves and their abilities in all these areas and that school will operate as a family with a love for one another at it’s core.
The vision is unique to this special school and to our place in the village and wider community including globally. This is reflected in our global learning which drives all our termly bespoke projects.
Our central Christian text that drives us is from John Wesley, the founder of Methodism:
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
Our Christian Values were chosen by staff, governors, members of the PTA and pupils, we chose the six values we would like our children to learn to live by and to help us in striving to reach our Vision of ‘all believe, all achieve, all create, all a family’. Each value is the focus of our daily Collective Worship and of everything we do in school. Each Friday during Celebration assembly, one child from each class receives a Values Award for displaying any one of our Christian Values during the week. The children earn ‘Values Points’ in their classes for exceptional learning, behaviour, effort and improvement.
Friendship, Respect, Honesty, Endurance, Responsibility and Thankfulness.