Vision and Values

Vision and Values

St Barnabas and St Philip's Church of England Primary School offers a distinctly Christian education in an inclusive environment, welcoming children and staff of all faiths and none.

‘Church of England schools offer a community where everyone is a person known and loved by God, supported to know their intrinsic value.'
The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

The distinctive nature of our approach to education can be found in our explicit Christian values, our collective worship, our grounded Christian ethos and in our Religious Education.

We aim to provide ambitious learning opportunities, promoting achievement in every area and nurturing social, emotional and spiritual well-being.

It is essential that we equip our children with the knowledge and cultural capital that they need to succeed in life. Cultural capital is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping them to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

Character and resilience are the qualities, the inner resources that we call on to get us through the frustrations and setbacks that are part and parcel of life. We must instil these qualities in our children and make sure that they are ready to make their way in the world as robust and confident individuals.

As our children gain confidence, knowledge and skills we hope that they will go on to become compassionate, well balanced young people. They will take their place in society as active citizens, economically independent, exemplifying the British values of equality, tolerance, democracy, individual liberty and rule of law.

As a Church school we believe every child is made in the image of God, and therefore we want the best for them. We value our school community as a place where love can flourish.

The four foundations of our curriculum are

  1. Educating for Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills (value link-perseverance)
  2. Educating for Hope and Aspiration (value link-forgiveness)
  3. Educating for Community and Living Well Together (value link-compassion, responsibility)
  4. Educating for Dignity and Respect (value link-integrity, respect)

Our school Christian values are Friendship, Trust and Peace

As a community, we have identified these three core values that are woven in to the very fabric of the school which we expect all members of the school community-pupils, staff, governors, clergy- to model.