Ethos and Values & Christian Values

Woodchurch High School is a very successful, over-subscribed co-educational Church of England school

Ethos and Values

'Let your light so shine before all, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven' (Matthew 5:16)

What makes our school distinctive is our Christian Ethos. It forms the basis of who we are and shapes the day-to-day life of the school.

Our Christian values provide us with a means to:

  • Ensure everyone feels included
  • Offer a strong pastoral support for students and staff
  • Provide opportunities for reflection
  • Encourage strong personal relationships
  • Promote justice, truth and love for all people
  • Celebrate the diversity within the school family.

As a school we believe in including our young people in the decision making process and so the Headteacher meets regularly with the School Forum to discuss issues affecting the school.

Code of Conduct

The code of conduct which operates throughout the school has been drawn up in consultation with pupils and is underpinned by our Christian ethos. It is designed to create an atmosphere in which all pupils can make the best of their abilities and is based on common sense and consideration for others.


British Values

British Values

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 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 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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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 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)


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 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 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)