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St John's CofE Primary School

Nurturing potential within a Christian ethos

Vision and Values

Nurturing potential within a Christian ethos


Together we will work to enable all our children to achieve their full potential within our Christian family. Through the teachings and examples of Jesus, we nurture individuality - providing challenge, developing self-esteem and promoting care and respect for each other and God’s world. 

‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ Philippians 4:13


As a Church school we have a distinctive character where Christian values are promoted in all aspects of school life.  This is underpinned by our Gospel Values.


Our Gospel Values

Everything we do reflects our values:

  • what we believe in                                                  

  • what we think is important 

  • the kind of people we want to be              

  • the kind of world we want to create and live in 


Each value has a particular focus during the year, as well as being promoted and taught throughout it.  Our Gospel Values are:



Gospel Value

Associated Parable

Linked Scripture

British Value

Autumn 1


Wise man and foolish man

1 Peter 2:17


Autumn 2



Thessalonians 3:16


Spring 1


Lost sheep

Thessalonians 5:18


Spring 2


Good Samaritan

John 13:34


Summer 1


Prodigal son

Ephesians 4:32


Summer 2

Honesty and Trust

Unforgiving debtor

Isaiah 26:4

 Rule of Law


British Values


Key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. These values are listed as:


  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty and personal responsibility
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different cultures, faiths and beliefs


We actively promote British values through our school ethos, agreed rules, curriculum and teaching in the following ways:



Through our ethos and systems, we aim to ensure that pupils share their views and help to shape the work of the school. For example, the House Captains, Pupil Councillors and the Collective Worship Committee are elected by pupils and take a lead role at school. This year, these pupils will co-lead our new cross-year group curriculum days.  Staff encourage positive engagement in debates through PSHE, English lessons and Collective Worship.  Also, teachers ensure that pupils are listened to when they express their opinions on a range of topics in lessons and in time for reflection.


The Rule of Law

Our school rules, underpin our Behaviour Policy. Rules are followed consistently, so that pupils understand the importance of them as a means to keep them safe. Restorative Practice is used as a structure to improve pupil understanding of justice and the rights of themselves and others, and Visits from the police and to Hazard Alley in Year 6 help prepare our oldest pupils for transition to high school.


Personal Responsibility and Individual Liberty

Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. In class they can choose the level of challenge in their learning. They are taught how to make healthy choices to improve their lifestyle. We encourage the children to express and justify their opinions; exercising their rights and personal freedoms. As a school, we celebrate every individual and ensure that their voice is heard and valued. Pupils suggest and lead presentations during worship, and many clubs and fundraising activities.


Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Cultures, Faiths and Beliefs

Intolerance of others is unacceptable. We value and celebrate the cultures within our locality, reflected in many events and lessons each year. Through our Religious Education curriculum, pupils explore the beliefs and practices of a variety of world faiths.  Leaders of different faiths are invited in to school to talk about how their faiths fit in to a modern society.  We celebrate achievements of others within our school community.