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Priory CE Primary School: Vision, Values, Motto and Mission Statement

 

Rationale

Our Vision, Motto and Values embody the Church of England’s vision for education. They are firmly rooted in Christian narrative and reflect the very distinctive ethos and direction of our school. 

Download a copy of the full Church of England Vision for Education here:

Church of England Vision For Education

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive school with a holistic approach that educates the whole child. This fully supports the Church of England’s core desire for ‘life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10).

Our theme of ‘together’ runs through all elements as we believe whole heartedly that we should all love and support each other. We are a team; our team includes God and we achieve more together. It is our core belief that in serving the community we are educating children, so they too can make a positive contribution to their community as they grow.

This element of working together or teamwork runs throughout the bible, particularly in the New Testament as Jesus works with his disciples. There are many instances in the bible where teamwork is mentioned, along with the need to support and help each other.

Ephesians 4:15-16: Paul reminds the believers that they are all a part of the same team – and that each person has a part to play.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12: “Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it’s just too bad, because there is no one to help him.

Vision:

As the rainbow appears in the clouds, we are the brightness all around.

Together we value uniqueness and rights, growing our knowledge with the Lord as our light.

Our Vision represents our aim to provide a bright, safe and inspiring place for everyone, even on the darkest of days. We aim to bring optimism and hope and to demonstrate our commitment to every individual. Our Vision reflects the prime Christian value of uniqueness and our strong ethos in valuing and respecting everyone as an individual with their own special personalities, gifts and talents. It also reflects our core purpose as educators who help every child to grow and flourish and to fulfil their potential. 

Our Vision links to our motto and values through our key word of ‘together’. It also links to our school logo of the rainbow and dove which is rooted, along with our Vision, in Noah’s Ark (Genesis Chapters 6-9). 

Genesis 9: 13-15 “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind.”

Our Vision is also rooted in the bible as it references the appearance of God to a prophet (Ezekiel 1:28) and the fact that Jesus is the light of the world.

John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

Our Vision also aims to inspire others to be the light of the world as Jesus used that term to describe and encourage his disciples.

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Motto:

‘Working together with God to be the best that we can be.’

Our full motto encourages a sense of community, makes clear our offering of faith and links to our vision and values through our key word of ‘together’. It encourages everyone to aim high and to be true to the unique individual that God has created us to be. It is rooted in the bible and reflects the Church of England element ‘Educating for Community and Living Well Together’. 

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

We also use ‘Be the best that you can be.’

Our simple motto, which is often used when we speak to children, encourages individuals to aim high and to be true to the unique individual that God has created them to be. Strand 3 of SIAMS Evaluation Schedule

Mission statement:

It is our mission to:

  1. Create a family community with Christian values at the heart.
  2. Provide a rich and engaging curriculum tailored to our locality.
  3. Ignite passion for curiosity, discovery and learning.
  4. Share knowledge that will last a lifetime.
  5. Develop playful, practical metacognitive minds.
  6. Respect and celebrate individuality, personality and talents.
  7. Support the creation of respectful, resilient minds ready for the world.
  8. Build cultural capital to shape a positive future for individuals and the community.

Our Values

 The value promotes…Bible Mandate & References (Revd. Shaun)Other important links
TOGETHERTeam work, collaboration Genesis 1 Creation
TRUSTTrusting God, trusting others, trust in yourself, faith, belief, positive attitudes, being worthy, feeling worthy/self-esteem Genesis 3: Adam & Eve’s fall
‘He alone is my refuge, my place of safety, He is my God and I am trusting in Him’ Psalm 91 v2
Educating for Community and Living Well Together
OPTIMISMHope, raising aspirations, guidance, push yourself, cope wisely when things go wrong, healing, forgivenessGenesis 6- 8: Noah
Philippians 4:8 New Living Translation (NLT)
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Educating for Hope and Aspiration
Educating for Community and Living Well Together
GRATITUDEThankful, blessings, appreciation, value, recognition, manners Luke 17:11-19 The healed leper who said ‘thank you’
‘He fills my life with good things’ Psalm 103 v5
Educating for Community and Living Well Together
ENTHUSIASMPositive attitude, SoS, creativity, curriculum learning, confidence, teamwork, practise, energy, perseverance John 14:15-17 The Holy Spirit lives “within” followers of Jesus.
Philippians 4:4
4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do.
Educating for Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
Educating for Community and Living Well Together
THOUGHTFULNESSCare of others, inclusion, appreciation, manners, kind actions, consideration Luke 8:5-9, 11-15 Parable of the soils
Luke 10:29-37 The story of the good Samaritan.
Luke 6:31 New English Translation (NET Bible) 31 Treat others in the same way that you would want them to treat you.
Educating for Dignity and Respect
Educating for Community and Living Well Together
HONESTYWisdom, knowledge, taking responsibility, repentance, forgiveness, healingJohn 18:28-40 Pontius Pilate
James 3:17 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical.
Educating for Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
Educating for Hope and Aspiration
Educating for Community and Living Well Together
Educating for Dignity and Respect
ENJOYMENTJoy, delight, wonder, awe, fascination, being in the moment, mindfulness Luke 19:1-9 Zacchaeus
Philippians 4:4 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice!
Educating for Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
Educating for Community and Living Well Together
RESPECTUltimate worth of every person, care for all living things, value,
Rights, manners
Luke 23:33-43 The two criminals on the cross
1 Peter 2:17 New King James Version (NKJV) 17 Honour all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
Educating for Dignity and Respect
Educating for Community and Living Well Together

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