Christian Values

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16


Christian Values


In each of our year groups we give opportunities for pupils to apply for the role of Christian Values Rep. These representatives support the work of the chaplaincy team in a variety of ways, and their positions are approved based on their ability to uphold the Christian Values both within and outside of school.


The team works in three main areas: promoting of Christian Values through collective worship, supporting our school's charities through fundraising (the interact team), and making Jesus known in the school community.


Christian Values Representatives meet regularly and receive relevant training; they are overseen jointly by members of the Chaplaincy Team and a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

At the end of each year the Interact Team decide which charities we will support as a school and how to divide the money raised between them.

Vision, Values and Ethos

It is our distinctly Christian vision and values that have helped to create the ethos of our school, and they are essential in its further development. We believe it is crucial for us to link faith and action, and to display these in our lives individually and as a school. This is emphasised through our acts of collective worship.

We believe that by creating a culture that is accepted, practiced and integrated into the life of the school, we give our staff and pupils a healthy framework on which to build their lives and character. Christian distinctiveness is one of our [six] whole-school drivers, and our values are built into each of our lessons and class activities; this encourages faith to flourish in the lives of the staff and pupils and in the content of their characters.

The Christian ethos of our school provide us with a means to:

  • Ensure everyone feels included in all aspects of school life
  • Offer a strong pastoral support for staff and pupils
  • Provide opportunities for reflection
  • Encourage strong personal relationships
  • Promote our Christian Values within the life of the school
  • Celebrate the diversity of our school family

It is the school's vision that we should let God's light shine through each of us as we live out our school values as good deeds within the school and local communities. [Our hope is that our local community can also discover what God is like and give Him praise, and that they will find that they can also let God's light shine through the way they live.]

As a school community our key Christian Values are:

Humility

Humility acknowledges that God is God and that we should live in trusting dependence upon God. It is the opposite of pride. It is not the devaluing of ourselves, but choosing to seek the good of others. We are humble when we look to others for guidance rather than assuming "I know best". "When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honour to others than to yourselves." (Philippians 2:3)

Justice

Justice is about acting out of a concern for what is right and seeing right prevail. It is about social justice, especially for those who suffer most and are least able to protect themselves. In our school we treat people fairly. "The righteous care about justice for the poor." (Proverbs 29:7)

Compassion

A feeling of empathy for others leading to a desire to help. We act with compassion towards all members of our school community and seek to show compassion in the wider world.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort." (2 Corinthians 1:3)

Thankfulness

We are thankful to God who creates and sustains life. What we have is a gift and not a right. We express our thankfulness to God and to each other.

"Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Hope

Christian hope is much more than wishful thinking. It is trusting in God's character, that what he says will come true. We believe in hope. We hope for things knowing we have done our best to achieve them.

"Let us hole unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." (Hebrews 10:23)

Service

Jesus gave the ultimate example of dutiful service believing he was called to serve even to the extent of giving up his life. We do our best and dutifully serve others for the benefit of our school community and the wider world.

"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45)

Wisdom

Christians believe wisdom can be gained through knowing God and having reverence for him as the source of all wisdom. We strive to encourage wisdom through learning and through understanding people and social interactions. We respect the wisdom of our teachers and leaders.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding." (Psalm 111:10)

Trust

Trust is the very essence of faith; trust in the God who is trustworthy. Trust is important in our relationships in school. We put our trust in our teachers and work at being trustworthy people ourselves. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)

Endurance

The ability to keep doing something difficult, unpleasant or painful for a long time. God's love, mercy, faithfulness and righteousness endure forever.

"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." (Romans 15:4)

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is not saying "it doesn't matter." God's forgiveness of us was costly. It is choosing not to hold a grudge and giving another chance. We believe in forgiveness and will seek the help and support we need to move on.

"Bear with each other and force whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." (Colossians 3:13)

Integrity

Integrity is linked with honesty and moral principles. For a Christian it's about wanting to act in a way that emulates Jesus Christ and brings glory to God. In school we are honest and keep our word. We choose to do the right thing even when our actions are unseen.

"We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honourably in every way." (Hebrews 13:18)

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