Vision and Values
Our Vision Journey
Everyone, staff, pupils, parents and governors, at Checkendon CE Primary School, worked together to create our shared vision during the summer term of 2022.
Our vision is to unlock the unique voice within each child fostering a lifelong aspiration of learning excellence; striving for an inclusive school family where everyone can flourish and experience life to its fullest. We aim to grow within the natural beauty surrounding us, safe in the knowledge of God's love.
In developing our vision, we considered The Church of England Vision for Education: Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good (https://www.churchofengland.org/more/education-and-schools/vision-education) and with the help of Toby Long, our Diocesan School Adviser and Rev’d Kevin Davis, we chose a short, yet powerful, verse to root our vision in biblical teaching.
John 10:10 when Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full".
In short, we want our children to live, love and learn.
We believe the purpose of education is to nurture and enable every child to thrive and to be the person they are fully capable of being. Guided by our Christian values, we endeavour to motivate and inspire everyone to become resilient and enthusiastic lifelong learners. We see our role as providing a well-rounded education, which supports every child to flourish academically and physically, emotionally and spiritually, socially and morally. Our pupils enjoy an inspiring and varied curriculum, supported by a wide range of enrichment activities and extra-curricular opportunities. It is our intention is to provide a curriculum that interests the children, reflects the families within our community and positively represents those that are currently not. The uniqueness of each child is celebrated and nurtured through the partnership of children, parents, staff and governors. Every child enjoys the extra attention that makes all the difference to learning, behaviour and having fun in our small class sizes. We are blessed with a close working relationship with our local church, St Peter and St Paul.
Our school is dedicated to providing a place of effective learning and teaching in order that each child may pursue success in the classroom, on the sports field, within the arts and in every other area of school life. Above all, we aim to provide a safe, caring and vibrant community where there is an excitement and pleasure in learning.
But what makes us distinctive and unique? We really are a family; everyone pulls together, supports each other and works collectively to solve problems. We care about everyone in our community and want them to achieve and flourish. Visitors comment on the school’s ethos and the welcoming and caring feel of the school. We are very proud of this.
Our chosen values, Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Courage and Hope are key to our identity as a Church of England school community. They reflect what we stand for and underpin our work in school every day. We also want these values to be accessible and meaningful for everyone in our school, from our youngest children to the oldest. The children learn Bible stories and verses that explore these values and they are encouraged to develop their understanding of, and reflect upon these values through our curriculum and collective worship programme, demonstrating them in their own lives.
Representatives from staff and governors work together in the Ethos Committee to develop the school's Christian distinctiveness.