Statement of Religious Ethos
The following statement is taken from the school’s Articles of Government and is a statement of Religious Ethos:
Recognising its Christian Foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.
The school best serves the community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It delivers an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith. The school promotes Christian values by providing children with opportunities to advance socially, emotionally, morally and spiritually. Children learn to embrace Christian values through the teachings of the Christian faith and the principles of the trust deed. The school staff is instrumental in demonstrating a commitment to the Christian ethos of the school and they provide an ideal which children accept and follow with enthusiasm.
British Values Statement
The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools.
St John’s CE Primary is committed to serving its community. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. We are dedicated to preparing our children for their adult life by ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to all its students.
The five key British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At St John’s we use a variety of strategies within the national curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. We want each of our children to be gracious, compassionate, loyal, patient, kind, forgiving and just. These are Christian Values that have stood the test of time and will be as relevant to our descendants in another 2,500 years.
School and the Church
Our school was originally affiliated to the old St. John’s Church on Tong Street, which is now used for purposes other than worship.
We have developed a strong bond with St. Christopher’s Church on Holme Wood and we regularly seek to maintain this valuable link in a variety of ways. As we relocated to Bierley we are a bi-parochial church school. This means that the school will serve the Christian Education needs of two parishes, Tong/Holme Wood and Bierley. The bond which our school has with Holme Wood has been extended to include Bierley and has made our Christian influence stronger as a result.
As with all relationships, those worth keeping need continual two-way effort and encouragement. We know that much of the true Christian ethos of our school originates in the influence which our churches have on the daily life in school. We are lucky that both of our vicars, when in post, take an active part in promoting the interests of the school and are often to be seen performing a variety of roles in our everyday routines. In this way we continue to work closely with our two parishes to ensure that this church influence is as strong and effective as it possibly can be.