Our Christian Values
Parish Church of England Primary School seeks to serve its community by providing excellent and creative education in a Christian setting.
Believing that all people are created and loved by God, Parish School has a real and deep concern for each individual, rooted in an ethos which welcomes and affirms. All are to feel valued and each pupil is to have the very best chance of personal and educational development.
Learning and teaching is to be of the highest quality and personalised in order to meet individual needs. This will lead to excellent standards of achievement and the opportunity for each pupil to realise her or his learning potential. Parish School pupils will become confident, independent and happy lifelong learners who take responsibility for their choices in a diverse and rapidly changing world.
Parish School will promote the broadest possible personal development of pupils and staff. Spiritual, moral, social, cultural, physical, emotional and creative development will be set in the context of the school’s Christian ethos. In particular Parish School will seek to stimulate in its pupils a real respect for, and generosity towards each other along with honesty and integrity. These values will define the way we view the world; our personal relationships, and our vision for the school. The school is a place where pupils and staff are cared for and trusted and where they learn to care for and trust one other.
The nurture and development of children is achieved through partnership between the children; their parents and carers; the school, and a number of other agencies working in the community. As Parish School seeks to fulfil its own role in this process it encourages parents and carers to see themselves as full partners in its work.
As we promote care for one another within the school so we shall care for people in need beyond our community. We shall also care for our environment by managing the school site and buildings in sustainable ways.
The Christian Faith is at the heart of Parish School, and so collective worship has a high priority in the school’s daily life. Collective worship promotes the school’s ethos and values; it is of high quality and is planned to engage all members of the school’s community.
Parish School’s distinctive ethos and approach are offered to all and form the basis for our vision of the purpose and development of the school as a Christian learning community.
As a school our core virtues are respect, generosity, honesty, integrity, care and trust. These virtues will define the way we view the world; our personal relationships, and our vision for the school. In order for pupils of all ages to understand these virtues we promote them through the teaching of the Fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control).
Over a three year cycle we focus on one or two of these ‘fruits’ in order to deepen our Christian character and shape the relationships between all members of the school community or one of our core values. This year we are focusing on Fruits of the Spirit.
Our Virtue for this Half Term is Joy
The Christian Faith is at the heart of Parish School, and so collective worship has a high priority in the school’s daily life. Collective worship promotes the school’s ethos and values.
Our worship is structured:
- Monday - Whole School Worship
- Tuesday - Phase or Class Worship
- Wednesday - Family Worship, led by a class
- Thursday - Phase or Class Worship
- Friday - Celebration Worship
At Parish, we believe that children learn best when they are encouraged and praised for the effort that they put into their learning and thinking. We have created learning attitudes as a way of promoting positive attitudes towards learning through core values and ways of thinking. The aim is to change students’ negative attitudes towards learning and focusing their thinking by promoting a growth mindset and not a fixed one. Children’s effort and thinking are praised, not just their successes, to ensure that the process of getting to their success is appreciated.
Attitudes are learned behaviours which are highly susceptible to change. By introducing these core ways of thinking, that are strongly linked to the four ways of thinking in Philosophy for Children, we will be helping to shape the children’s attitudes within the classroom and beyond. These learning attitudes will act as a motivational tool and focus to show collaborative, caring, critical and creative thinking. We want children to love challenge, be intrigued by mistakes and enjoy effort.