Our vision is: Striving together to be the best we can be
Our Federation is a safe place where we embrace and enjoy challenge, take ownership of our own learning, collaborate and support each other, whilst striving to be the best we can be.
We have rooted our vision as a church school in the quote from John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” We support all stakeholders in our Federation to live their lives to the full and strive to be the best they can be in all areas of life.
Our vision and mission statement are firmly rooted in Christian theology and link to our four core values.
In order to make sure our Federation is a ‘safe place’ for our whole community we need to be a community which demonstrates compassion to all.
Jesus taught us to “Love your neighbour as yourself” and showed through his relationships with people in his community, that all people are equal and important.
Through the story of Dorcas (Acts 9) we see the value of compassion in action as she cared for the poor and needy within her community. This example of courageous advocacy inspires us as a federation to look at ways in which we can also support people within our local communities and the wider world.
In order to help everyone in our community to ‘enjoy challenge’ we need to be a courageous community that is prepared to take risks.
In the Old Testament story of David and Goliath, (1 Samuel 17) David showed courage and was prepared to take a risk in order to rise to Goliath’s challenge.
In the story of Esther (Esther 1-10) we hear of her courage in standing up for her people in a difficult time in their history and eventually saving her people.
In order to make sure people in our Federation are ‘supportive of each other’ we need to demonstrate respectfulness in all situations and to all in our community.
Throughout His life Jesus demonstrated the importance of respect towards those with whom he came into contact. He talked to people who were excluded by their communities, (lepers) who were felt to have no worth (Mary Magdalene) or who were reviled, (Zacchaeus and Matthew)
Through meeting Jesus, people were transformed and enabled to build respect both for themselves and others. Mary Magdalene was able to change from being an outsider in her community to becoming an early disciple and a valued member of her community.
In the Church of England Document “Valuing all God’s children” we are asked to create an inclusive school environment which values everybody.
In order to ensure the people in our community are ‘striving to be the best they can be’ we need help to instill in all a spirit of resilience where people realise that it is O.K. to make mistakes and it takes perseverance to learn something new.
In the Old Testament story of Joseph, his resilience is seen through the ups and downs of his life, taking him from family favourite to slave and from prisoner to Pharaoh’s trusted advisor.
In the story of Ruth, her resilience is seen when her life is turned upside down through the death of her husband and his brother. At this point her mother-in-law decides to return to her original country and rather than let her return alone, Ruth decides to go with her mother-in-law and make her home in a new land. Her compassion towards her mother-in –law is recognized by her new community and she is able to begin a new life in Israel.
Through our values we are:
Educating for compassion, community and living well together: a core focus on relationships, participation in communities and qualities of character than enable people to flourish together.
Educating for courage, wisdom, knowledge and skills: enabling discipline, confidence and delight in seeking wisdom and knowledge, and developing talents in all areas of life.
Educating for respect and dignity: the basic principle of respect for the value of preciousness of each person, treating each person as a unique individual of inherent worth.
Educating for resilience, hope and aspiration: enabling healing, repair and renewal, coping wisely when things go wrong, opening horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them.
Through the integration of our school values (Courage, Resilience, Compassion and Respect) in all that we do, we endeavour to foster an atmosphere in which children and staff can develop understanding and respect for others, in order to learn to build community.
· Learning is a lifelong pursuit and our message is that we all learn; children and adults alike. In our Federation we do this in an environment that is both physically safe and allows mistakes to be made in safety as this is how we learn.
· Our learning is something we can influence, we have choices about what we would like to learn and how.
· When learning is difficult then we stay with it, we practise things and know that the more effort we put in the more we are likely to gain.
· Learning is something we can do together. We all have different strengths and can therefore help each other to develop fully.
· We want everyone in our community to aim to be the best version of themselves in everything they do.