School vision and values

“A friend loves at all times”

Proverbs 17:17

'A little school with a big heart'


With Christian theology at the heart of what our school’s Christian vision is, we are continually enabling our children to understand how to live their lives to the full through doing good, love and value one another and develop spiritually so that they can then project this into their community, both academically and as well-rounded citizens.

We do this through 3 key principles:        

  1. Taking advantage of every opportunity to do good and be helpful to all people (Galatians 6:10)
  2. [Instead,] being kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ. (Ephesians 4:3
  3. Setting an example for other followers by what you say and do, as well as by your love, faith, and purity (1 Timothy 4:12)

“A friend loves at all times”

Proverbs 17:17

Proverbs 17:17 sets the benchmark by which we want our school to be judged. Proverbs is actually written by a parent speaking to a child to help them live successfully in God's world. Proverbs helps our children know how to enjoy and succeed in life helping prevent them making decisions that can hinder them.

We aim to teach the children to show respect, love and care for all of God’s children and creation; to celebrate diversity and difference; to value all; to encourage talents and skills and to welcome all, no matter what their culture, background, faith or belief.

We see our school as a place where we all learn to love God, one another and ourselves. A rich and varied curriculum enables us to discover the wonder of god’s world and all of its inhabitants and to appreciate and value the worth of all people. We believe learning takes place in an atmosphere of love and high expectations and that this enables all to reach their full potential and to grow in confidence and self-esteem.

We aim to inspire our children to create a better and fairer world.

We believe it is important to treat all with respect and dignity. We believe that appropriate behaviour can build self-esteem, develop resilience, and foster pupil participation, achievement, learning and success.  The children are encouraged to forgive others and to see that this is an important area of personal development. The adults in the school reinforce the necessity to forgive and praise this quality in the children. Self-discipline is the ability to assume responsibility for one’s learning, to make positive contributions to one’s school and community, and to help and respect others.  Teaching self-discipline is accomplished by a co-operative team effort consisting of the pupil, the parents/guardians, and all school personnel.

The school behaviour policy and procedures have been developed to help the pupils at Crosscanonby St John’s CE School have a successful whole school experience in which teachers can teach and children can learn.