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Our Vision and Values

St Matthew’s CE Primary School

Our School Vision

Our school vision and values were reviewed and updated in partnership with parents, children, staff and governors. Our vision and supporting values are rooted in the following passage from the Bible:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11


At St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School, we aim to provide high quality teaching and learning along with a deeply Christian ethos that enables our children to become respectful and aspirational citizens.  Our curriculum helps our children to develop into resourceful, resilient problem-solvers who are independent and inquisitive.  This is complemented by our emphasis on Religious Education, providing children with regular and meaningful opportunities to explore their own and others’ religious beliefs and practices.  Our Christian values teach children to value themselves: they are courageous advocates for the Christian message and the morals it instils in them, including issues of equality, justice and diversity.  Worship is the beating heart of the school and educates children on teachings from the Bible, providing opportunities to bring children closer to God and enabling them to understand the relevance of faith to their everyday lives. 

Our aim is to develop the whole child, giving them the knowledge and skills to be successful in whatever path they choose to follow. Our inclusive, stimulating curriculum, underpinned by our Christian ethos and values, nurtures an intrinsic love of learning

Our school values and deeply Christian ethos encourages pupils to understand:

  • The need to show compassion for others, through kindness and understanding
  • That we can trust in God, and that he teaches us to trust one another and to be worthy of the trust put in us by others
  • The importance of gratitude for all that God has given us and to be positive, seeing that every day brings its own gifts
  • To value friendship: to love our neighbour as Jesus teaches us and to see that our community is stronger when we work together in partnership
  • That forgiveness brings peace, and the importance of seeking forgiveness when we do wrong
  • How the teachings from the Bible can guide and support them throughout their lives

With the strength God has given them, and a solid foundation of knowledge and skill, the children of St Matthew’s will take life’s difficulties in their stride, showing resilience, confidence and a strong sense of self.  In today’s fast-moving world, filled with obstacles and challenges, we aspire to give children a voice.  We aim to provide opportunities for children, both within the classroom and beyond, which will enable them to respond to the Big Questions that life often poses.

Our school teaches children the skills of listening, communication and teamwork. Through building positive relationships with others, including a lifelong relationship with the Church, the children of St Matthew’s will develop empathy.  They will be open minded, excited to celebrate others and to share their successes.

St Matthew’s is committed to providing a stimulating environment, excellent teaching and learning together with a strong Christian message that enables children to flourish.

The children of St Matthew’s will be empowered to achieve their full potential, supported by guidance from God.