Our Ethos & Values

Aims and Ethos Statement

Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, promoting Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.

St John’s School aspires to be a community in which

  • there is an atmosphere of confidence striving for excellence and an enjoyment of learning
  • adults and children alike are valued
  • individual needs are recognised and supported

Our long-term aim is to prepare our pupils to play a full part in a fast-changing, democratic and multi-cultural society and, in particular, to prepare them for the next phase of their education.

The general aims of the school are to help pupils

  • Develop a positive self-image, a lively, enquiring mind, the ability to argue rationally and to apply themselves with confidence to tasks and physical skills
  • Be both confident and very polite
  • Acquire specific learning skills including the ability to reason and analyse, produce and carry through ideas, solve problems, set goals and work towards them, deal with evidence, make and test hypotheses
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to cope with adult life and employment in a fast-changing world
  • Develop skills in communication with particular emphasis on language and number
  • Develop a structure of meaning for life, an understanding of religious and moral values and a respect for other races, religions and ways of life
  • Understand our society and culture and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations
  • Appreciate mankind’s achievements and aspirations and develop a framework of understanding in the major areas of human knowledge
  • Develop an aesthetic awareness and discover and develop their natural talents and creativity.
  • Maintain and develop the inclusive nature of the school, ensuring equal and fair access for all.

St John’s as an Educationally Inclusive School

As a Christian school we believe that the attainment, attitudes and well-being of every child matters.  This does not necessarily mean treating all children in the same way but rather taking into account their varied life experiences and needs.

We do not take our success for granted and regularly monitor and evaluate the progress each child makes, taking appropriate action where necessary.