“...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 a respect and tolerance for all, irrespective of gender, creed, race or disability, and a willingness to support those in need in the community and the wider world.
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 our priority but we will work hard to engage and excite our children so that they want to learn. We believe that 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 will promote after school activities to enrich learning and encourage physical activity.
We believe our children deserve the best that we can afford 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.
We will do our utmost to put St. Matthew’s 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.
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: