St Andrew's is a church of England school and is part of the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust.
Our school motto ' #makeadifference' echoes the words from John 10:10 ; 'I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.' We believe that children's experiences at our school should enable them to enjoy all aspects of their life at school and help them to lead fulfilled and successful lives.
Vision and Values
This year, the staff, children and governors have been working to develop a clear Christian vision for our school. Mr West and Senior Leaders are working on exploring some of these aspects with the children during worship this term. Making a difference; for good, with each other, everyone, in our community.
Our vision is rooted in four excerpts from biblical texts, which provide us with guidance in the way we seek to live our lives at St Andrew’s.
‘for good’ - John10:10-11 ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep’.
‘with each other’ - Proverbs 3:27-28 ‘Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbour, ‘Go and come again; tomorrow I will give it to you’ – when you have it with you.’ ‘everyone’ - Genesis 4:9 ‘Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ He said, ‘I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?’
‘in our community’ – Ephesians 3:15 ‘from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.’
The concept of making a difference threads through every aspect of our school life, and is supported by the ‘Starfish story’, recognising the link with our own class names and sea theme.
A man was walking along a deserted beach at sunset. As he walked he could see a young boy in the distance. As he drew nearer he noticed that the boy kept bending down, picking something up and throwing it into the water. Time and again he kept hurling things into the ocean. As the man approached even closer, he was able to see that the boy was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time he was throwing them back into the water. When the man asked the boy what he was doing, the boy replied," I am throwing these washed up starfish back into the ocean, or else they will die through lack of oxygen. "But", said the man, "You can't possibly save them all, there are thousands on this beach, and this must be happening on hundreds of beaches along the coast. You can't possibly make a difference." The boy smiled, bent down and picked up another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied "Made a difference to that one".
Our values were developed last year with the school community and these 3 core values underpin our vision and form the essence of all we do;
Jesus quotes the key commandments of 'Loving God and loving our neighbour as ourselves' (Matthew 22: 34-40). In this way love sums up all that is most important about life. At St Andrew’s love in action is expressed through the way we love God, and care for ourselves and each other within our school family. When we love like this, we can begin to become the best sort of people we can be and make a difference for good, with each other, to everyone in our community. Our image to remind us of our value of love is a strawberry!
Trust lies at the heart of all relationships within a civilised society. St Andrew’s endeavours to be a place of trust and safety for all members of its community. At our school we build trust and make a difference to the lives of each other by being reliable and trustworthy, earning and valuing each others' trust. As a Christian environment we build our trust in God and recognise this as our anchor in life. To remind us of our value, trust, we use the symbol of an apple as a reminder of God's trust in Adam and Eve.
To be successful requires the discipline of hard work in most areas of life. This might mean daily exercise, extra football practice, getting the hang of riding a bike for the first time or learning the times tables. Perseverance is the ability to keep working at something in order to make a difference; to improve - and we try to link our learning approaches within a growth mindset to this. In our constant strive for excellence, perseverance and the development of academic resilience is a priority for all members of our school community. The fruit which reminds us of our value 'perseverance' is an orange - which often takes perseverance to peel!
To find out more about christian values you might like to look at some of these pages;
Please visit our 'School Values' page for photos and for further information about our School Vision and Values.
Our RE scheme is currently 'Discovery'. This is an enquiry based scheme, within which, each year group explores elements of different religions as well as maintaining a fundamental emphasis on Christianity. This year we will be beginning to introduce the 'Understanding Christianity' scheme, alongside our existing planned syllabus.