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Essendon C of E (VC) Primary School

Caring and Learning Together

Ethos and Values

"The strong Christian environment of this school develops in pupils a positive attitude and helps them become confident learners keen to achieve their best." SIAMS 2015


At Essendon, we follow a values curriculum. Pupils are taught about the importance of the Christian values (such as Love, Joy, Respect, Hope, Peace and Forgiveness) and all members of the school community, both adults and children, are encouraged to live out those values which underpin everything we do at school. As such, the learning and working environment is caring and supportive.


"Pupils ... are thoughtful, kind and generous with their time and support. In lessons, pupils are eager to learn ... Pupils challenge and support each other very well in their learning. They are diligent in completing the challenges that they select for themselves and excited about gaining new skills." Ofsted 2017


Pupils learn from and support one another (peer support and learning partners are used powerfully in all classes). They recognise the achievements and qualities of their classmates (whether academic or otherwise). Pupils are given daily opportunities to reflect on our school values and to worship either as a whole school or in their classroom.


"You have ensured that pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, including opportunities to learn about the outside world through daily discussions about topical news stories. Pupils I spoke to were very thoughtful about the ways in which they engaged in democratic processes in school. Pupils talked about the prestige of standing for election to be team captains and vice-captains, as well as running for membership of the student council." Ofsted 2017


We work closely with St Mary the Virgin Church and take regular opportunities to visit the church, whether for an end of term service of for other learning opportunities throughout the year. We are fortunate to have the support of Revd. Pauline Higham who regularly leads collective worship in school or supports the teaching of RE.



Thank you to everyone who contributed to the work on Ethos and Values which took place over the Autumn Term 2016. We asked every member of our school community, "What makes our school special?" The following word cloud summarises the responses. The more often a word was used as a response, the bigger it appears in the word cloud.




The Staff and Governors have summarised all your hard work in the following strap line and Ethos and Values statement ....


Essendon C of E (VC) Primary School

Caring and Learning Together



At Essendon C of E (VC) Primary School, we value:


  • the ethos of the school based on key Christian values which make it the inclusive, tolerant, welcoming and caring place it is;

  • the individuality of each child within the school community;

  • the close relationship with our Church and local community;

  • the right of every child (irrespective of ability, gender, race, culture, religion, Special Educational Needs and disability or social circumstances ) to the best quality education within a safe, secure and supportive learning environment; and

  • the importance of teaching children to become resilient, independent, responsible and caring citizens in the 21st century.