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Church of England (VA) Primary School

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Vision, Values & Ethos

Our visions and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our children as confident, happy citizens.

Our Vision


‘Let your light shine’ Matthew 5:16  


As a school we aspire to nurture “whole” individuals, children who recognise the value of their own light and are proud of their personal achievements; children that value and respect themselves; and know how loved they are both by God and by others. We aim to develop a Growth Mindset so that the members of our school are able to face the future with hope and aspiration and embrace all that life has to offer. 


During the Sermon on the Mount, found in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus addresses a crowd and reveals eight blessings (known as The Beatitudes). He then goes on to talk to the crowd about salt and light. Jesus explains: “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16 



Core Values


Endeavour - we encourage determination and hard work.


Contentment - we aim to enable all our children to enjoy school life and ensure their emotional wellbeing.


Resilience - we nurture emotional, physical and psychological resilience, stamina and encourage optimism.


Diligence - we promote a willingness and desire to learn and work.


Inquiry - we encourage the development of an inquisitive mind.


Attainment - we help all our children to achieve their potential across all areas.


Pride - we nurture the development of self-respect, self-motivation, self-esteem and confidence in our children.


Compassion - we promote mutual understanding and support.


Mutual Respect - we promote inclusion and respect for others’ differences and strengths.


Community - we help our children to develop social skills and make a positive contribution to society.


Empowerment - we support our children to make well informed choices.


Self-Care - we help our children develop a safe, healthy lifestyle.


Our Priorities


Christian and British Values

The school encourages an understanding and respect of all faiths. It exemplifies Christian and British values, offering experience to all our children, regardless of gender, race, religious or non-religious beliefs.



We provide a broad and balanced curriculum, based on first hand experiences, engaging and stimulating all our children to make good progress and become lifelong learners with excellent life skills.



Recognising its historic foundations, the school values and celebrates its links with the local community and its partnership with churches at parish and diocesan level.



We endeavour to provide the highest standard of resources, both human and physical, to support the learning needs of all our children.

Our Ethos


Shenington C of E (VA) Primary School is caring and inclusive, whilst recognising individuality. Equal opportunities are provided for the whole school family of adults and children. We aim for all our children to enjoy school life and be happy, with enquiring minds and willingness and desire to work; so that they reach their full academic potential through education of the highest quality in a safe and stimulating environment. Through mutual understanding and support, our children develop self-respect, self-motivation, self-esteem and confidence. They make well-informed choices, develop social skills and the sensitivity to respect and celebrate the differences and strength of others.

Our Motto


Through our motto: “Excellence through endeavour”, we strive to instil determination and emotional resilience within our children and staff alike. We remind our children that although they may not know how to do something yet, they will soon master it through hard work and resolve. We consider making mistakes to be learning opportunities and remind children that it is not how many times they “fall over” but how many times they “stand up” that counts. Never give up.