St Faith’s Vision Project
Over the last year, the Governing Board of St Faith’s has undertaken an important project – to reshape and redefine the values and vision of our school. We have done this by involving all stakeholders, including children, staff, parents and governors, to ensure that the vision and values that are crucial to making St Faith’s an outstanding school have been discussed and agreed by everyone involved. The Governing Board would like to thank all those who took the time to contribute to this project.
As soon as one walks into St Faith’s, it is immediately obvious that it is a Christian school and the governors wanted to ensure that the vision statement and values reflected this ethos at its heart.
There are many values that we aspire to for St Faith’s, but the Governors decided to take all the values discussed by the respective stakeholder groups and distil them into five core values, which would then feed into a revised aspirational vision statement for the next 3-5 years. As a result, the governors had several deep, passionate discussions about which of the values are core to the future of St Faith’s: values that every stakeholder of St Faith’s should strive to achieve, and ones that are core to the character of every child passing through its gates to enter the world as an upstanding member of the wider community.
To help us focus on the core values, we turned to The Lord’s Prayer. We discussed the deeper meaning of each line in relation to life in the world today and how these matched the core values that all stakeholders felt were important and wanted to promote at St Faith’s.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven,
Give us today your daily bread
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us,
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
Forever and ever. Amen.
For all children of God, a school which nurtures them in the Christian faith:
- which stimulates friendship, happiness and sharing
- which works for the highest achievement of every child
- which sustains inclusion based on respect and equality
- which ensures trust and security built on forgiveness
- which celebrates and inspires honesty
FRIENDSHIP | ACHIEVEMENT | INCLUSION | TRUST | HONESTY
The overarching ethos for the school is one of FAITH (spelled out by these words) and LOVE – we hope that this mnemonic will serve as an easy aide memoire for everyone to follow.