St Matthew’s C of E Primary School

“...encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God.” (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

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St Matthew’s C of E Primary School

“...encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God.” (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

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Visions and Values

“...encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God.”

(1 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

Our vision and values


At St Matthew’s, Christian values underpin our every action. Every child is a child of God and thus unique and special. We seek to provide a caring family ethos in which children will be loved and nurtured in such a way as they in turn develop an appreciation of difference and support equality for all in our community and the world beyond.  It is our aim that all people are treated equally with respect and understanding, as we educate our children about the richness that diversity brings to the experience of us all.


We offer a safe and secure environment where children will be confident enough to meet the challenge of our high expectations. We will cater for individual needs so that everyone can experience success.


The basic skills of literacy and numeracy will always be a priority but we will work hard to engage and excite our children so that they want to learn and apply higher level thinking skills. The Creative and Expressive Arts are an essential part of our curriculum as they provide opportunities to build self-confidence and experience the joy of performance. We promote after-school activities to enrich learning and encourage physical activity.


We believe our children deserve the best and we will continually strive to improve their provision in terms of resources and accommodation. We recognise our staff are our most valuable resource. We expect the highest standards of professional conduct from those who come into contact with our children and are committed to offering development and training opportunities to achieve this.


St. Matthew’s belongs at the centre of the community, working in partnership with parents, maintaining our strong link with the church and collaborating with other agencies for the benefit of our children.

School Values

Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens. Each of our values is linked to a bible story and a bible verse. The values underpin the school's Behaviour policy and all areas of school life. Our reward system is also linked to the values and children's achievements are celebrated through the values.

Using the refrain of St Matthew’s ‘CARES’, we encourage the children and all members of the school community to uphold the following values:

  • ·  Co-operate (work together in the spirit of friendship)
  • ·  Aspire (be courageous and aim for a better future)
  • ·  Respect (trust and honesty)
  • ·  Encourage (support others)
  • ·  Strive (work hard and commit to be the best you can be)


Promoting Fundamental British Values

In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.


The Key Values are:


  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • “tolerance” (though we prefer the term “appreciation” here at St Matthew’s)

 of those of different faiths and beliefs