School vision and values

So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.    Galatians 6:10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 

We actively promote both Christian and British values throughout the school and across all areas of the curriculum. It is our belief that both are intrinsically linked.

Our aim is to ensure that every child that comes here is given everything we can to allow them to be happy, fulfilled learners. Learners who will grow as lively, vital, sociable able young people, who will face future challenges equipped with the knowledge, skills and strength to meet them. 

Crosscanonby St John’s Church of England Primary School is a caring community which strives to achieve a common goal. Each child is given the opportunity to fulfill their potential, respecting differences and encouraging kindness, consideration and respect.

We will endeavour to create a happy and enriching learning environment for everyone involved with our school.

Our School Christian Vision

Teaching about the life of Jesus helps us to inspire and educate our pupils to understand how to live their lives to the full and develop spiritually so that they can shine their light and impact on their community on their journey through life.

This year we have worked with the children to produce our Christain Vision statement and to draw up a set of six ‘Star Values’ for the year. All of our acts of worship will be based on these ‘Star Values’ and watch out for our interactive displays around school. This year the children chose the following values as being most important to them: Friendship, Thankfulness, Hope, Forgiveness, Compassion and Trust

The children told us they wanted a school where people are always kind and helpful to each other and where everyone treats others the way they would like to be treated. They want a school where everyone feels included. From this we produced our Christian Vision statement and found a Bible verse that summed up what the children want our school to be.

During the Covid 19 pandemic each teacher established a class based prayer space so that children still have a place where they can be still, share their thoughts and reflect.

How We Promote British Values

At Crosscanonby St John's School we recognise and celebrate the diversity of the country we live in, but we also acknowledge tensions that arise from this. We work hard to ensure that pupils are aware of the importance of other cultures and people on our daily lives and we actively promote acceptance of all others and their faiths, lifestyles and beliefs.

As a Church of England School acceptance and respect of others, and their relationships, underpins all we do and in our school we will not accept any intolerance of people of other faiths or beliefs. We encourage all of our pupils to show respect to all others, and to all of the different types of relationships that they may encounter in daily life.

We have decided that we will promote the key British values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs through regular whole school assemblies and also through other curriculum areas such as RE, History and Geography, if appropriate and relevant to the topic at the time.

Our assemblies are mainly teacher led and, whenever possible, staff use current issues or news items to help explain and promote a specific British value; for example the children learnt about democracy during a discussion on Brexit. The children are given opportunities to reflect on what they have learnt and may continue discussions in class with their class teachers.