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Our Vision and Values

St. Stephen's CofE Junior School...a positive, supportive learning community

Within the Christian ethos of our church school, our vision is to

  • Enable each child to reach their academic potential and be equipped with the skills to be lifelong learners;
  • Enable each child to develop into a resilient, well rounded, respectful individual;
  • Be a positive member of their local and global community;
  • Have a knowledge of Christian faith, an awareness of their own spirituality* and have respect for the beliefs of others;
  • To be equipped with life skills in order to achieve ambitions and overcome challenges;
  • Understand the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.

We will achieve this vision by creating an ethos which promotes our values of

  • Friendship
  • Honesty
  • Perseverance
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Trust

 

*Our agreed understanding of spirituality is 'Coming to know ourselves, learning to reflect on experiences, exploring important questions of how to live and treat others, and so reaching a set of beliefs and values by which to guide our lives.'

Our School Values

The ethos of our school is built on a foundation of  Christian core values which are addressed directly through lessons, collective worship and across the whole curriculum. Each term we focus on a particular value. We learn to understand what the value looks like and how we can demonstrate the value, in the way we behave, in our attitude towards each other and in our learning. Parents and carers  are encouraged to develop the termly value at home.

 

During the Summer 2014, we revisited our school values as there were 18 and we felt that this was too many to embed in the school.  The whole school community (staff, children, parents and governors) was asked which values they thought were the most important.  As a result of this the following 6 values were agreed upon:

 

Trust

Respect

Responsibility

Honesty

Friendship

Perseverance

 

 

 

 

When our new values were launched, we held a competition to design a logo to represent all of the chosen values.  Former pupil, Josh Osborne, produced the winning design.  This was then developed further by a professional graphic designer.  Please see below our values logo (which was approved by Josh!).
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Values Day

At the start of each new school year, we hold a  Values Day.   This is an opportunity to revisit our values to ensure that everyone is clear about what they mean ready for the year ahead.  Here is some of our work from the day held at the beginning of Term 1, 2016.

 

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Values Ambassadors

Our Values Ambassadors are children who consistently uphold our school values. Two children are chosen from each class, each year, by their peers.  Our ambassadors model all the values for others and help everyone to follow them.  Here are our 2016 - 17 Values Ambassadors.

 

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Our Values Tree

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 Our Values Tree represents the children growing and developing, ready to branch out into the world, with values that will guide them through their lives. The children use the tree to reflect on our values, set themselves personal targets and to share their prayers.