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Christian Ethos

“Let your light shine before people that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.” Matthew ch.5 v 16.

We believe that this bible verse gives the focus which staff, pupils and parents of our school drive to achieve - an environment where each pupil finds and works to develop many talents for the benefit of themselves and others. Much of our work in worship, lessons, extra curricular activities and social interaction is designed to allow pupils to identify the Christian Values which allow them to shine.


Our Values

Find out more about our Christian Values and our 'hand' which helps us remember them.

CARING -   Caring for everyone and everything in the world which God created for us.

Compassion.  Friendship.  Creation.  Respect.

Little finger:  We care for everyone, not forgetting the smallest.

Matthew 25.44When was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’

 CELEBRATORY – praise and thankfulness to God.

Reverence.  Thankfulness.  Service.

Ring finger: ‘Celebratory’ as at a wedding, we celebrate God and one another.

Deuteronomy 16.15 ‘the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all your undertakings, and you shall surely celebrate

COURAGEOUS – Standing up for what is right in the world, facing up to difficulty, being the best you can be and not giving up.

Endurance.  Hope.

Middle Finger:  Having the courage to stand up for what is right

1 Chronicles 22.13 ‘Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid or dismayed’.

CHRISTLIKE – Living our lives to reflect the qualities and spirit of Jesus Christ

Forgiveness.  Wisdom.  Humility.

Index Finger: Jesus can help to point the way for us through life

Colossians 3:13 ‘Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other, just as Christ has forgiven you, so you must also forgive.’

COMMUNITY (KOINONIA) – Fellowship and support of each other within our community

Peace.  Justice.  Trust.

Thumb: A sense of community is what holds us together

Deuteronomy 15.7 ‘If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community…do not be hard hearted or tight fisted towards your needy neighbour’


Palm: Love holds all the others together

Colossians 3.14 ‘And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity’


KS2 Values Reward Scheme

In 2016, we introduced a new reward system for KS2 pupils. The system is designed to recognise when pupils 'Let their light shine' and also encourge them to focus and develop new skills and ways to do this. Feel free to view the letter to parents below which explains how this system works.

Prayer and Reflection

Opportunities for prayer and reflection are regularly available for pupils in school, during services and at set points in the day, such as lunch time. We believe, however, that prayer, stillness and reflection are vital tools in helping pupils understand themselves and the challenges that modern life can bring. We try to create many opportunities for pupils to think about themselves and others, allowing them to take time to process the impact they can have to help themselves and others, with God's support.

The 'Life' Exhibition (above)

Visiting the lfie exhibition with Year 6 pupils, on the day which SAT's tests finished, offered a great opportuntity to answer some of the questions of life and Christianity. With the backdrop of the Cathedral behind them, pupils listened to and watched inspirational videos on personal tablets, answered interactive quizzes and delved in to the life of Jesus in the 'video tent'. A truely inspirational opportunity to reflect and pray at a very pertenent time. As one pupil commented, 'It made the Cathedral modern and exciting. It was great to think about God like that and how he could help us after the pressure of SATs this week'.

Worship in School

Worship takes place in school daily, delivered by a variety of staff and Church representatives.

Monday - Whole School Worship - Mrs Tait, Mr. Baker

Tuesday - KS2 Year Group Worship - including child led worship supported by Mr. Floreza-KS1 Celebration Worship-Mrs. Tait

Wednesday - KS2 Worship - Mrs. Black, Mrs. Frew. Ks1 Worship - Mrs. Bell, Miss Heightley.

Thursday - Church led worship - Fthr. B. Huish,

Friday - KS1 Year Group Worship. KS2 Celebration Worship - Mrs. Tait

Class Worship

Each class also leads their own worship for pupils and parents each year. Linking in with the theme for the week, Class worships involve song, prayer, drama, dance and many other aspect of our pupils talents.

You can find out what our pupils think of worship by viewing the Worship survey document below:

Charity Support

Charity of the Year - Guide Dogs for the Blind 2016/17

One of the many roles of our school council is to organise our 'Charity of the Year'. This is a year long focus to find out about the chosen charity and do all that we can to help. In 2016/17, after a whole school vote, UK Guide Dogs for the Blind was chosen. Many activities over the year riased awareness for the cause and visitors from  UK Guide Dogs for the Blind came to explain more about what they do and how the money would be used.

The total raised for the year was approximately £1500 which we hope goes to help many people locally and across the country. Well done everyone, a superb effort.

Three Peaks Challenge

As a staff, we enjoy a challenge and keeping fit and healthy together, so in the Summer Holidays 2016, we decided to attempt to walk the 'Yorkshire 3 peaks'. This is a 25 mile circuit, taking in 3 peaks, climbing a total of over 5000 metres - it was certainly a challenge.

Due to a number of staff having experienced the effects of Alzheimers upon family members, we chose this as a charity which we would like to benefit from our efforts and were delighted to raise well over £600 thanks to the generosity of so many friends and supporters.

Staff who took part were Mrs. Tait, Mr. Baker, Mr. Rainford, Mr. Barella, Mrs. Black, Mr. Rose, Miss. Smith, Mr. Ellwood, Mr. Stoker and Mr. Brown.


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