Values and Ethos
“Learning as we grow. Growing as we learn. Rooted in Jesus.”
The Whitchurch Church of England Federation enables both the Whitchurch Church of England Infant & Nursery Academy and the Whitchurch Church of England Junior Academy to work in partnership to develop the common goals and reflective approaches to teaching and learning that will ensure that all our children benefit from a quality education across the primary phase. As a partnership we aim to ensure positive outcomes and improved standards for all.
The Whitchurch Church of England Federation is proud to be a member of The St. Bart’s Multi-Academy Trust, which is committed to improving the life chances of all children; academically, personally, socially and spiritually.
The Academies recognise their foundations and seek to develop their religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England at parish and diocesan level.
To create a welcoming and inclusive environment in which all children will flourish. Every child is encouraged to care for, respect and appreciate the ultimate worth of others, developing positive relationships as they take their first steps towards independence and becoming responsible, thoughtful and confident adults of the future, making successful contributions to their local and the global community.
As federated Church of England Academies, we believe it is important to develop Christian values by which to live well together and which help to develop a moral and spiritual awareness.
Our core Christian value is Love. Across our Federation everyone is encouraged to love and respect themselves, others, God and his world. The Bible tells us that, “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” (1 John 4:16).
The value of ‘Love’ underpins everything we do in our Federation. We believe that through a focus on Love, by working together as part of a strong and supportive family, we can all achieve more – “Love your neighbour as yourself.” Matthew 22:38
Each Academy has identified several other Christian values to explore in more detail, through acts of worship and our curriculum.
The gifts of ‘Respect, Kindness, Honesty, Trust and Peace’ are the values we hope and aspire that our children will foster during their time at our Infant Academy.
As our children continue their learning journey through our Junior Academy, we focus on the additional values of ‘Courage, Responsibility, Creativity, Perseverance and Compassion’.
Our aims have been carefully aligned to respect those of the St Bart’s Multi-Academy Trust which are represented through the acronym PEACE.
P – Passion.
We are privileged to work in education and have the opportunity to change children’s lives. We want to offer our children;
a safe and secure environment where all children are encouraged to be positive about their learning, aspire to realise their full ability and take pride in their achievements; and to
nurture, in all children, a respect for the spiritual, moral and cultural values of races, religions and ways of life different to their own, celebrating difference and diversity.
E – Encouraging.
As educators, we all have a duty to be encouraging and supportive of each other, our children and our community. We will;
encourage children to care for themselves, being healthy in mind, body and spirit, as well as being respectful of the needs of others and the community and environment in which they live.
value and promote the active involvement of parents, carers and the community in supporting the education and well-being of our children.
A – Ambition.
We aim for excellence by;
promoting and providing inclusive "can do" practice which emphasises hope, security, stability and success for all our children.
continuously striving to improve as a learning community respecting the ideas and contributions of all.
C – Commitment.
We are committed to our Christian Foundations and seek to;
enable children to participate in daily acts of Collective Worship which are central to our Church School community, contributing towards the spiritual development of both children and adults.
provide high quality religious education that supports children to develop religious literacy.
E – Enjoyment.
We want our children to enjoy their learning and will achieve this by;
Helping children develop lively, enquiring minds by providing a stimulating, creative and challenging curriculum in which learning is enjoyable and fun.
Motivating and engaging children through inspirational teaching which provides the children with the skills, knowledge, confidence and self-esteem that will enable them to foster a fascination with the world around us.