Values & Etho
Our vision is to work together as a Christian community to nurture our children within a happy, stimulating and caring school.
A place where:
- Christian values are at our heart: endurance, compassion, thankfulness, forgiveness, justice and hope
- Everyone is unique and welcome
- We respect and care for everyone and everything around us
- High standards are expected and achievements celebrated so that everyone is able to reach their full potential
- Self-esteem and confidence are nurtured on a journey of self- discovery
Our school is proud to have a distinctive Christian character. We show this through:
- Daily worship
- Weekly worship in church
- Daily prayer
- Prayer corners in every classroom
- Children regularly say The Lord’s Prayer
- Our religious education is enquiry based and encourages children to make comparisons to the Christian faith whilst also teaching about other world religions.
- The cross having a prominent place within our school
- The children hearing the gospel read weekly outside of worship time and opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the bible stories heard
- We celebrate Christian festivals
- We have a close relationship with the Church and Rector, and support and promote each other’s interests
- House teams are named after Saints and are celebrated on their days
‘Christian Values for Life’
Our school has six ‘Christian Values for Life’ which underpin all of our work in school. They are:
- Endurance – see Psalm 118
Although the word refers to humans standing firm in the face of hardship, persecution or scorn, it is important to note the constant assurance in the Bible that God’s love, mercy, faithfulness and righteousness endure forever.
- Compassion – see Matthew 9:36
‘Compassion’ and ‘sympathy’ have much in common and both are stronger in meaning than simply ‘feeling sorry for’ someone.
The words have their roots in the idea of ‘suffering with’ someone, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and experiencing what they experience. This leads to a desire to act, to do something.
- Thankfulness – see Luke 17: 11-19
Thankfulness has always been at the centre of the life and worship of God’s people. ‘Songs of thankfulness and praise…’ are at the heart of Christian worship. Thankfulness is directed towards God who gives and sustains life. Seeing the world as God’s creation underpins the way we approach everything in life, seeing it as a gift and not as a right.
- Forgiveness – see Matthew 18: 21
Forgiveness is fundamental to the character of God. Throughout the Bible, God is described as slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin.
- Justice – see Proverbs 29:7
Justice also means giving all people – particularly the poor and oppressed – what it is right and fair for them to have: life, health, freedom and dignity. It is about acting out of a concern for what is right and seeing right prevail.
- Hope – see 1 Corinthians 13:13
Hope is a universal human phenomenon. Where hope is lost there is despair and disintegration. Hope generates energy and sustains people through difficult times. For some people, hope is so strong that it inspires self-sacrifice to turn hope into reality. True hope is much more than a general idea that things will get better. It is more than a belief in progress, which sees the world and people as getting better all the time, growing away from violence, ignorance and confusion
“Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.
The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.”
1. Encourage a development of the child’s spiritual education and understanding.
2. Develop the child’s understanding of how to stay healthy, both physically and emotionally.
3. Promote the right for an individual to stay safe.
4. Promote and facilitate the right of the individual to achieve highly in all areas of their life.
5. Develop the skills required for the child to make a positive contribution to the community in which they live.
6. Nurture high achievers who have a thirst for learning.
Who was Canon Popham?
Canon Popham was the rector for the parish of Kirk Sandall and carried out numerous activities and writings on behalf of the young people in his parish.
He became a well known figure for the books he wrote on education and because he held the education of children so highly, he worked hard for the children of the parish and education country wide.
Canon Popham Church of England Primary and Nursery School is named after him and it is an honour to be part of a school whose roots are steeped in high standards of education and a strong Christian ethos.