‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.’
As a Church of England School, we identify Christian Values that underpin the whole of our community. These Values inform our school’s vision, aims and ethos, the design of our curriculum, all policies, planning and the school’s management and governance. We use the image of a cartwheel to explain how our Values fit together and inform our practice.
At the centre of a wheel is the hub, the core that holds the whole together and on which everything depends—the wheel cannot be built without it. At the hub – or heart - of our school is LOVE and the belief that all people are ‘made in the image of God’. Everyone is different, everyone is valued and everyone is loved.
Our school prayer says,
“This is our school.
Let peace dwell here.
Let the rooms be full of contentment.
Let love abide here:
Love of one another,
Love of mankind,
Love of life itself
And love of God.
Let us remember that as many hands build a house, So many hearts make a school.”
From the hub comes the spokes, and these are our Christian Values. The Values are firmly rooted in Christian teaching, and we link them with the teaching and example of Jesus and other Bible teaching.
We have 18 school Values– Compassion, Courage, Creativity, Forgiveness, Friendship, Generosity, Hope, Humility, Justice, Peace, Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility, Service, Thankfulness, Trust, Truthfulness and Wisdom.
The rim of the wheel, the part of the wheel which meets the road or the world, represents our policies, our relationships and our practice - how we live out those Values we hold so dear.
Our Values in Action
Each term, we focus on a specific Value, and central to our Values teaching is our collective worship. We use the Gloucester Diocese’s ‘Values for Life’ as a framework, with most worship planned using Roots and Fruits, Out of the Box and Jack in the Box. These publications provide a whole school programme to teach Christian Values in collective worship and across the curriculum. References to Values in the context of those of other faiths and those of no faith is included and acknowledged in worship and displays.
Each aspect of the work of our school, including all curriculum areas, contributes to the development of our Values. They are referenced in our written policies and shine through our practice. Our Values are noticed and are acknowledged. Children’s behaviour is celebrated and referred back to the term’s Value (and other Values), and members of staff are used as positive role models. The teachers plan the ways in which Values education is to be addressed in the contexts and issues of the subject areas.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 134-7
Each term, we send home ideas for children to use with their parents/carers, and also publish these Home School Value sheets on the website.
Please follow the links below for more information on our HOME SCHOOL VALUES.
- View our information on the value of WISDOM here.
- View our information on the value of HUMILITY here.
- View our information on the value of RESPONSIBILITY here
- View our information on the value of PEACE here.
- View our information on the value of HOPE here.
- View our Information on the value of SERVICE here.
- View our Information on the value of FORGIVENESS here.
- View our Information on the value of GENEROSITY here.
- View our Information on the value of COMPASSION here.
- View our Information on the value of TRUST here.
- View our Information on the value of FRIENDSHIP here.
- View our Information on the value of COURAGE here.
- View our information on the value of PERSEVERANCE here.
- View our information on the value of THANKFULNESS here.