Vision & Aims

Our vision

To realise the potential in all by creating a community of unique individuals who are guided by a shared light.

“I can do this through him who gives me strength.” 

Philippians 4:13

Our aims

  • To provide an inspiring curriculum which stimulates and challenges all pupils and wherein pupils are the drivers of learning
  • To provide a stimulating, caring and supportive environment in which every child is encouraged to do their very best to become well rounded, sociable and confident individuals.
  • To encourage children to adopt an enthusiastic and positive attitude to life-long learning through high quality teaching and developing learning confidence in pupils
  • To encourage children to develop an enthusiastic and positive attitude to learning through the celebration of success and achievement
  • To foster independent thinkers who care about the life of our planet and are aware of their responsibility for its long term sustainability
  • To offer a range of opportunities for pupils to develop healthy bodies and minds; taking responsibility for their own wellbeing as well as that of others
  • To provide a clear moral framework which demonstrates respect, tolerance and understanding whilst celebrating diversity, so becoming caring and active members of our community
  • To build positive and equitable partnerships with parents, carers and the local and wider community
  • Provide positive patterns of behaviour, based upon the values of friendship, honesty, fairness, caring and sharing
  • To provide a caring, Christian ethos without exerting pressure to believe, within which each child can explore and respond to his/her own spirituality.

Inclusion is not just a strategy for helping certain children overcome challenges; inclusion is a way of life.

Our Christian Values

Our Christian Values are at the centre of everything we do at Berwick St Mary’s CE First School. They help us to live out our Christian Vision of ‘life in all its fullness’. Each half term, the whole school focuses on a different Christian Value. This is done explicitly through our Collective Worship time, but also throughout our curriculum. Children have regular opportunities to revisit and reflect on each value throughout the year and to develop an understanding of the Value in action.

Our visitors from Berwick Parish Church (Rev. Dennis Handley) and other churches, regularly lead our worship to help us to reinforce our understanding of each value as they share stories from the Bible. Children also have opportunities to plan, prepare and lead worship themselves.

The values were are going to explore and strive to live by this year are:

  • Endurance
  • Service
  • Friendship
  • Compassion
  • Justice

We believe these values are empowering our pupils to develop their spirituality and guiding them in personal development as effective learners and good citizens. For more information please view the Christian Values for Schools website and the information below.

Endurance

Endurance and perseverance are only possible where there is hope and that hope is based on the enduring nature of God’s love and faithfulness. Even Jesus, for all his strength and ability to endure, looked to his disciples to help and sustain him by watching and praying with him (Matthew 26).

At its root, endurance is recognition that life is sometimes difficult and painful, and that it is important not to give up in the face of adversity.

Justice

When thinking about ‘justice’, some people think first about giving wrongdoers the punishment they deserve. ‘Justice’ evokes ideas of ‘just desserts’ or ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’

However that would be a one-sided picture of justice. Justice also means giving all people – particularly the poor and oppressed – what is right and fair for them to have: life, health, freedom and dignity. It is about acting out of concern for what is right and seeing right prevail. It is about social justice, especially for those who suffer most and are least able to protect themselves.

In Exodus, the people are instructed to deal with everyone fairly and never to show partiality to one group above another. (Exodus 23:2-6)

Compassion

The word Compassion has it’s 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. It is not about ‘doing good’ from a position of strength or ‘remembering those less fortunate than ourselves’.

Compassion requires an act of imagination and humility to share in the lives of others. Notice the qualities that Paul links together. He says ‘clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.’ (Colossians 3:12)

Service

Jesus washed the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. This turned upside down the normal relationship between master and disciple, leader and follower. In many ways, this astonishing action symbolises the essence of the Incarnation: God stooping to share the human condition.

Jesus is very clear about the meaning of his action: ‘Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you should also wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done.’ (John 13:1–17)