Vision and Values
Using the life of Jesus as our example, we try to live our Christian values in everything we do and in all of our interactions with adults and children.
‘Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.’
We seek to develop our vision through our Christian values of forgiveness, courage, respect and service.
As a Christian school our vision is that all children will know that everyone is loved by God. Our aim at Broadheath CE Primary School and Pre-School is to offer high quality education in a friendly, creative environment underpinned by our Christian ethos.
We will live our shared School Values so that every person knows that they are loved, listened to and cared for. Children are encouraged to reflect on their own beliefs and to understand what other people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, embracing our diverse world. Our community will be enriched by worship of God, study of the Bible and our prayerful interest in the life and words of His Son, Jesus.
This helps support our motto of ‘Happy Children, Successful Learners’ as we firmly believe that by following the example set by Jesus we help both children and adults to live a happier and more successful life.
‘Just as the Lord had forgiven you, so must you also forgive others.’ Colossians 3.13
Forgiveness is the means by which damaged relationships are restored. For Christians, Jesus’ death on a cross is the ultimate revelation of God’s forgiving love, and his sacrifice stands as a source of inspiration to forgive others, no matter what the cost. We are a caring school community, whose values are built on forgiveness, courage, respect and service. Our behaviour policy is written to support the way members of the school can work and play together through respectful relationships. It promotes positive behaviour between peers and aims to promote an environment where everyone feels happy, safe and secure and is prepared to embrace difference and to demonstrate forgiveness.
For some discussion questions to use at home about forgiveness, click here.
‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’ Joshua 1:9
In scripture, courage may also be referred to as ‘good cheer’ that means boldness and confidence. Throughout the bible, God commands us to ‘fear not’, to be of ‘good cheer’ and to ‘have courage’. It is easy to doubt our own strength, our own courage to do and say and to ask the right thing. It takes courage to stand up for what you know is right. It can take courage to tell the truth and to stand up for your beliefs. It takes spiritual courage to admit our own vulnerabilities and to embrace the mysteries and challenges of life. Through the way we speak to each other and to children we ensure the importance of ‘courage’ in all forms is embraced and just as God said to Moses before his return to Egypt, ‘But I will be with you.’
For some discussion questions to use at home about courage, click here.
‘Do to others as you would have them do to you’ Matthew 7.12
Our modern definition of respect is essentially to admire another person or to have regard for their feelings and rights as a fellow human being. This is echoed in the biblical concept that all humans are worthy of respect, dignity, protection and acknowledgement. The nature of God, as revealed in the Bible, presents all people with a choice. Those, whose response is one of respect for others, are acknowledging God’s greatness, authority and involvement in the world. This will extend to respect for the created order, including humanity made in the image of God. At Broadheath CE Primary, we encourage respect for others just as we respect God, honouring others’ achievements and valuing each other.
For some discussion questions to use at home about respect, click here.
‘For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’ Matthew 20.28
The Christian life is one of service to others, where we show love and kindness to all. We help to carry each other’s burdens and, in this way, we follow the way of Christ who, for example, demonstrated humility and service through washing his disciples’ feet. This can be a difficult concept for children but through the development of the pupils’ characters we encourage children to serve others. Children are able to suggest ways they wish to ‘serve’ and support our local and global communities through charities, through helping each other and through helping to make them aware of the needs of others. Children learn that ‘serving’ doesn’t just help others but has positive mental and physical benefits for themselves as well. Putting other people’s needs before your own can strengthen relationships and help form new bonds. ‘Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.’ Luke 6.38
For some discussion questions to use at home about service, click here.
Click here to see two examples of pupil initiative and how they live our values.
Click here to see some pictures from some of our church and Family Services.
Our aim is to be a school where:
- Every individual in our school community will know they are treasured and loved as a unique child of God
- Everyone will have a ‘growth mindset’, both adults and children - everyone will have the confidence to make mistakes and the courage to try again
- Everyone feels happy to be part of our community and shares this joy with others – everyone feels it is okay to smile
- Everyone feels welcome
- We live out our Christian faith and values in every activity and relationship
- Children have a love of learning and a love of life
- Our curriculum is creative, rich and coherent and makes learning stimulating, meaningful and relevant
- Our staff are skilled, creative, reflective and collaborative practitioners
- Our pupils embrace the future with hope and confidence and a belief in what they can achieve
- Parents are encouraged to be an active partner in their children’s learning and in the wider life of the school
- Individuality and diversity is respected and celebrated