Building, Driving and Living Values
2016 - Discussion of the week examples

We are very proud the we were the first National Winners of the Church School Award in 2011.

Over the last 5 years, since we won the National Church Schools Award, we have worked with unfaltering commitment to living out and driving our core values. Our journey began by asking the children to write our school vision statement. We surveyed parents, children, Governors and teachers. This is the result:-

We have 476 children on role, 30 International New Arrivals, 80% of our children are from different faiths such as Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. This means we are a multicultural school. We invite different religions to learn in the same caring environment. We are a very diverse community and as one child said "We stick together with God!" We took this on board as we think pupil opinions are important in our school. This is what makes our school improve by making an impact using what people say. We discussed our core Christian values as discussed with teachers, children, Governors and parents to decide on the values we were going to build our school life on. These are Faith, Hope, Love, Honesty, Friendship, Forgiveness and Trust. 

As an Ethos group it is important to measure the impact (how our values make a difference). For example we held a Love Values day and a Hope Values day linked to a Macmillan coffee morning. Visitiors from other schools and our volunteers from church joined us and completed an evaluation form. 

We have developed very strong links with our churches: Bolton Parish Church and St Philip's Church. St Philip's church is very close to our school and the church Mrs Pilling attends. We are very fortunate to have many members of the congregation DBS checked and they help in school ALL the time. They help us in Ethos and they are a very valuable and loved part of our school community.  We hold a parish day each term where we invite the congregation from both our churches to join us in school.