Aims and Values
The mission of our Church school is to discover and develop to the full, the divinely entrusted talents of each individual within a secure, caring Christian community. We aim to provide each child with an opportunity to achieve their potential academically, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually, within a safe, healthy and enjoyable environment. ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength [and] You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ (Mark 12:30-31).
We are a small school where big things happen. We aim to foster an environment of success where children can Work Together in God’s hands and achieve their full potential. All children are offered opportunities to celebrate success, raise aspirations and develop their own character. We aim to build courageous, kind and thoughtful citizens of the future. The staff share a responsibility for ensuring learning is exciting, fun and enjoyable but to also ensure that standards are raised. Above all else, we all know that happy children make the best learners!
The vision of Sywell CE Primary School is embedded in our core values of Hope, Trust, Tolerance, Respect, Honesty and Compassion. As a church school we are proud to provide the opportunity for our pupils to learn what it means to live life in all its fullness, while ensuring rigour in academic attainment. Children are encouraged to take ownership of their learning, challenging themselves in a safe and secure environment.
In our short inspection (December 2017), comments include ‘Pupils’ conduct, care and respect for each other plays a significant part in their feeling of safety when in school. They have been taught to support and value each other and they say they will always be helped by their teacher if they are worried’.
Children who leave Sywell CE Primary School will have the understanding and skills to embrace Christian values in everyday life. Sywell CE Primary School is committed to developing these values by providing a happy, caring, secure and stimulating child centred environment where independence is encouraged. Through the schools Christian ethos they will respect the diversity within their community, themselves, differences of others and surroundings. Our pupils will leave school with the confidence and the ability and the desire to make responsible and appropriate choices. They aspire to their full potential and are valued members of the community.
Church of England schools like Sywell were founded because of the Christian ethos of Service and a commitment to Serve and to Love lies at the root of everything we do. Whether or not our children and staff are practising Christians, Sywell exists for you, our community. We are not just a ‘faith’ school that is here to serve the this parish, rather we are a living expression of a Christian commitment to serve and to nurture.
We aim to enable to children to:
- enjoy their school years and develop high self-esteem
- keep healthy, and feel safe and secure
- enjoy equal opportunities and experience success
- develop lively, enquiring minds and become confident communicators
- develop perseverance, independence and a wide range of learning skills
- be well mannered, respecting themselves and the environment
- make a positive contribution to the school and the wider community
- appreciate the beauty and diversity of the world and their duty to protect it
British values of democracy, liberty, the rule of law, individual learning, tolerance and respect are essential to the every day life of our school. Democracy is embedded within school council meetings, and explored through national and international events. Children are taught to understand their personal freedoms and responsibilities. The importance of laws are reinforced in everyday school life through the clear use of sanctions and rewards. The importance of tolerance and respect, including of those from different backgrounds, is strongly emphasised.
We welcome pupil and staff diversity and will challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing views contrary to fundamental British values, including any extremist views.
Our school rules are to
- Be kind
- Be safe
- Work hard
- Be respectful
- Be responsible
- Be honest
- Listen carefully
- Make an effort to look smart
- Look after the school and everything in it