Ellel St. John’s Vision Statement

Loving, Living and Learning in the light of Christ

Saint Matthew tells us to, Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.

At Ellel St. John’s, children thrive socially and emotionally in a stimulating environment that nurtures every child, with learning at the heart of all we do. We are committed to providing an excellent education where children achieve their full potential and our academic standards are consistently very high. Through our strong Christian ethos and pastoral care, we help our children develop into caring, confident, responsible and reliable young people.

Ellel Statement of Intent

We believe each child is known, unique, special and made in the image of God. Our children will discover a love of learning for life through an inspiring curriculum full of opportunity. Our school family is a welcoming, friendly community that builds compassionate and resilient children ready to take their place in the world.

Ellel St. John’s provides an engaging and memorable place-based curriculum, relevant to each individual child in their locality. Every child is entitled to a diverse curriculum which builds on and develops their life experiences, ensuring that they are offered equality of opportunity.

Our curriculum ensures that it develops the whole child: their spirituality; their social and emotional mental health and well-being; their physical health; their academic success and their creativity and innovation. These aspects contribute to our children becoming local, national and global citizens for the future.

Living out Christian Values

At Ellel St. John’s, we try at all times to live our lives as Jesus taught us and to live out Christian values in all that we do. These values are taught explicitly through our programme of daily worship but are also taught more subtly at all other times through: our relationships; what we say and do; our behaviour; our achievements – how we ‘shine our light’ in our communities; our courageous advocacy; prayer and through the opportunities we give to our pupils.

At Ellel St. John’s we believe that no one value is more important than any of the others and give our pupils a voice to select a worship value to be the focus for each half term, encouraging them to respond to local, national and global issues.

Ellel St. John’s Worship Planner

BRITISH VALUES

TEACHING BRITISH VALUES

Promoting British Values at Ellel St John’s CE Primary School

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

At Ellel St John’s CE Primary School we try at all times to live out our Gospel Values, chosen by the school community, and we find that these value help to reinforce the British Values promoted by the Government.

Democracy:

Democracy is extensive within School. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Eco Council and Pupil Attitude Questionnaire. Pupil Voice is also heard through the pupil interviews which happen after every lesson observation. Our School House system promotes rewards, such as end of term treats for which the pupils vote as a class.

The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that affect the class, School, or our country, are reinforced regularly in school assemblies, collective worship, CPSHE, RE and other aspects of the curriculum. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws: that they govern and protect us; the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits to and visitors from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; local magistrates; paramedics etc. are regular parts of our school calendar and help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty:

As a School we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices through the provision of a safe environment. In the 2016 parent questionnaires, 100% of the parents who returned their questionnaire feel that their child feels safe within School. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, through our cross curricular teaching of E-Safety, Computing and CPSHE.

Mutual Respect:

School promotes respect for others and this is modelled by all staff within School and reinforced through class rules which are formulated by the class at the beginning of each school year. Our Christian ethos is based on our 8 Gospel Values outlined above – Justice, Trust, Hope, Friendship, Forgiveness, Truth, Compassion, Service. We have a focus value each half term which underpins daily acts of collective worship.

Respect for Different Faiths and Beliefs:

Ellel St John’s is blessed with a rich and diverse school community with children from all major world faiths, different cultures and countries. All our children are taught to understand and value each other and understand their place in a multi-cultural society. School works closely with parents and the community to ensure inclusivity. World faiths are celebrated in collective worship and RE and members of different faiths are encouraged to share their beliefs and practices to enhance pupils’ understanding. Members of other world faiths are invited to lead collective worship and pupils visit a range of ‘places of worship’ as part of RE lessons throughout their time within School.