• Ethos, Values & Faith

 

Our Vision Statement

A learning community nurturing wise, compassionate citizens with the power to make a difference.

“My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.” 1 John 3:18

 

Our Core Values

Curiosity | Courage | Connection

 

We learn best as a community when we foster the wonder essential for curiosity to grow and thrive

We learn best as a community when we have the courage to experiment and learn from failures and successes

We learn best as a community when we nurture individual passions and flourish through making connections

 

Our three core values guide our decision making and interactions with each other.

Click on each image to find out more about each of our core values and how they guide our work.

Our Faith

 

At St. Ebbe’s our community is made up of families from a variety of different faiths as well as those with no faith. 

In accordance with the law and our Trust Deed, our acts of Collective Worship will be primarily Christian in nature, but we want all Collective Worship to be Inclusive, Invitational and Inspirational so that all members of our diverse community, of all faiths and none, feel able to attend and to learn and reflect together. 

Collective Worship provides our school community to gather together, to take time out of our busy, modern world and to reflect on what is important and how we can make the world a better place. We aim for our collective worship to be inspiring so that, in line with our school vision, participation assists learners to have increased awareness and to reflect on fundamental issues about life, to nurture spiritual growth and to build on children’s innate curiosity.  

Whilst we respect the differences that exist between our various faiths, we celebrate what they have in common by practising compassion within ourselves and with each other during our Collective Worship gatherings (assemblies).

We hope that all members of the school community will enjoy and benefit from the school’s act of collective worship and that the whole community will want to be included. 

Collective Worship Policy

Our Churches

We have excellent relationships with our two local churches, St. Ebbe’s and St. Matthews, who provide spiritual guidance and help us to act in alignment with our core values – Curiosity, Courage and Connection – governance and overall wellbeing support. Leaders from both churches support invitational Collective Worship at our school and are committed to ensuring members of our community of all or no faith are included.

As a church school, the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education provide us with bespoke support for school improvement and overall wellbeing as well as financial support for buildings and grounds improvement.

To find out more about our supporting churches, please visit their websites:

 

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)

Our grading during our latest SIAMS Inspection was Good. To find out more about the inspection, please click here.

 

British Values

We have a duty to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our children.  This includes actively promoting fundamental British values, or human values, as we see them.  The way in which we achieve this includes the following:

Democracy

  • Process for electing the Junior Leadership Team (School Council)
  • JLT activity
  • Making class decisions through democratic processes
  • Year 6 mock elections
  • Teaching about democracy through our Inquiry-Based Curriculum
  • Consultation with children about the learning journey through projects
  • Consultation with children as part of policy making

The Rule of Law

  • Class rules
  • Expectations for behaviour and Restorative Practice
  • Individual behaviour plans
  • Reward systems
  • Curriculum content
  • Assembly content

Individual Liberty

  • Explicit reference to Children’s Rights through curriculum projects
  • Listening to each other’s ideas
  • Choices in learning
  • Choice of lunchtime activities
  • Older children have choice about taking responsibility
  • Curriculum content
  • Assembly content

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

  • Assembly content
  • Class discussions
  • RE curriculum
  • Personal Development Curriculum
  • Recognition and celebration of key festivals from all world religions
  • Ethos for assemblies – distinctively Christian and genuinely inclusive