Vision and Values
Our School Vision
Educate, Celebrate, Communicate, Cooperate
At St Michael’s Primary School we believe in the uniqueness and potential of each individual. We aim to be a safe, happy learning community which cares for each other, and the world in which we live.
Reviewing and renewing the Vision
The governors are currently reviewing the school vision statement. The current one has been in use for around 18 years and we feel that the strapline: 'Educate, Celebrate, Communicate, Cooperate' no longer resonates. When asked in School Council, none of the children could think of these words. Moreover, these words do not necessarily make it clear that we are a Church School. We are therefore proposing to replace the above with the following:
Let Your Light Shine
Each child is unique and encouraged to shine to their full potential. At St Michael’s School we provide a safe, happy learning environment based around our core values of love, joy, hope and forgiveness, preparing our children for life’s journey.
Parent comments would be most welcome before a final decision is taken. Please send any comments or ideas to the school by Friday Jan 19th. Thank you.
Our Role as a Church School
We are inspected every five years to evaluate our distinctiveness as a Church School. Our most recent inspection was June 2017, where we we again judged to be Outstanding. To access the report, click here.
What the report said about us:
- The school’s Christian vision and values have a strong impact on the whole life of the school.
- The partnership between the school and church communities is exceptionally close and contributes
significantly to the school’s distinctive Christian character.
- The high quality of children’s spiritual awareness, promoted by the school’s curriculum and Christian
character, has a profound impact on their academic achievement, personal development and well-being.
- The vision of the headteacher and leadership team drives the continuous improvement of the school’s
distinctive Christian character thereby raising its impact.
We have four core values which permeate all we do:
Love; Hope; Joy; Forgiveness
These values are rooted expressly within the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament. We hope and expect that all pupils and parents will share these values, whether or not they are practising Christians.
Our Church Foundation
As a voluntary controlled Church of England School we are specifically required to:
- Have a daily Act of Collective Worship that is consistent with the faith and practice of the Church of England
- Include Religious Education that is consistent with the faith and practice of the Church of England.
We have a reflective Corner in the school foyer. The aim of this corner is to focus the school on the theme for the term, and to provide a focal point for reflection and sharing ideas.
The School holds a daily Act of Collective Worship. Each term we follow a main theme, which is further split into weekly topics. A Copy of the School Policy on Collective Worship can be found below. There is a separate website area for Collective Worship.
Children at St Michael's have the opportunity to have additional Religious Education classes. These are run by Karen Needham, the Church Youth worker. Please contact the school office if you would like your child to take part in this.
We are very proud of our links with St Michael's Church in Stoke Gifford. Visiting speakers from the Church lead Collective Worship in the school on a weekly basis. All classes visit the church in the course of the year.