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Ethos, Vision & Aims

Our learning knows no limits

At St Andrew’s School we work within an inclusive, Christian environment promoting Christian values delivered through our Christian Values Based Education Programme. Values such as Love, Respect, Compassion, Tolerance, Friendship, Belonging and Spiritual Development permeate all aspects of school life.  This enables us to help every child achieve their full potential by equipping them with a feeling of self-worth, a respectful attitude towards others, an excitement for learning and an enthusiasm for life. We equip children with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to be able to make informed choices about the important things in their future, aspiring to a happy and rewarding lives.

We actively promote the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain.

In September 2016 we introduced, whole school (all stakeholders), the principles of Growth Mindset and Learning without Limits. These principles sit alongside and compliment the Christian Values based Education Programme.

We encourage the challenging of fixed opinions and we focus on giving pupils the freedom to work as they wish, teamwork, building resilience, (the capacity for recovering rapidly from a setback), and building a mindset that believes that anything is possible. “I cannot do it ….. YET!”  We foster perseverance and a passion for achieving long term goals. “If you can dream it, you can do it!”

This attitude permeates through the school from children to teaching staff to parents. We all understand the power that having a positive attitude has on learning and we are tireless in our efforts to ensure the children in our care are surrounded by positive thinking and a “can do” attitude.

At St. Andrew’s we believe in the development of the whole child; spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually and are proud of our caring Christian ethos. As a Church of England School, we affirm and value every member of our school community. We recognise each child and adult as a child of God, as unique and special to God and have a commitment and responsibility to provide the best possible education for our children within a caring Christian community.

Values and Values Education

Our last SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) Inspection (June 2015) graded our school as ‘outstanding’ and stated that:

The exemplary behaviour of the pupils is underpinned by a clear set of Christian values which the pupils all know and understand well • Teaching about Christianity in collective worship and religious education (RE) makes a significant impact on the Christian character of the school and results in mature spiritual, moral and social understanding of issues in the daily lives of pupils

Values education is delivered through Collective Worship (school and class), Circle Time and PSHE, as well as through class, group and individual work, the children reflect upon the values, learning to ‘live’ them and to own and to use them in their everyday lives.

The School as a Church School

An awareness and understanding of God’s love and of Christian values is integral to every aspect of school life and informs the distinctive character of our Church of England school.

St. Andrew’s has strong links with the local Parish Church of St. Andrew’s (St. Alban’s Diocese) where the school family goes to worship several times a year. As a Church of England school, our worship is an important part of school life together.

Learn to love and love to learn; in God’s love each one will shine