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Vision, Values and Spirituality



Growing together we inspire each other to achieve our full potential
as courageous lifelong learners.


'Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.' (Colossians 2:7)


As a Church school we are proud to have a ‘distinctive Christian vision which is embedded within the school’s working practice, is established and promoted by leadership at all levels, and which enables both pupils and adults to flourish.’


The Governing Body, having spoken to all of the children, staff and parents, took time to craft a vision that does just that. Our vision is about growing together, developing not in isolation but learning from and with each other. It’s about inspiring learning that provides a solid foundation for the future of all stakeholders. It is about being empowered to learn without limitations. Within this we also recognise the importance of working together within the school but also utilising the valuable resources around us, including our local communities and beyond.


It is aspirational, but then as a school so are we!




We were able to group the key priorities identified by all our key stakeholders (children, staff, parents and Governors) into six core values.

  • Gratitude
  • Resilience
  • Outreach
  • Wonder
  • Trust
  • Harmony

These in turn link to our strapline ‘Growing together’ by spelling the word GROWTH, which also makes our values easier to remember for us all!


Each value has also been identified by a colour, which correlates to the colours of the leaves on our logo.


The different values are explored each half term. The values have also been linked to the Holy Trinity, which again as a Church school is key to how we explore and understand the Christian faith. The structure of the Trinity has determined the order in which we explore each value linked to it.


As a school we have a duty to 'actively promote' the fundamental British Values. These were first set out by the government in the 'Prevent' strategy in 2011 and were defined as: 

  • Democracy,
  • The rule of law,
  • Individual liberty,
  • and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Therefore we have also linked these to our school values and will be exploring these in different ways through our Collective Worship as well as our teaching.

Aston Rowant           Term     Faith Focus       British Values               Bible Verse

Growing Together                    Trinity               Democracy, Law,

                                                                                Liberty, Respect,


G        GRATITUDE     Au2       God Father               Respect                     Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever Psalm 136: 1-3

R         RESILIENCE       Su2        Holy Spirit               Liberty                       I am able to all things through him who strengthens me.  Phil 4:13

O        OUTREACH        Sp2        Jesus the Son          Respect                     Whatever you did for your brothers and sisters you did also for me Matt 25:40

W       WONDER         Au1        God Father              Liberty                      Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? Ex 15:11

T         TRUST              Sp1         Jesus the Son          Tolerance, Law           I am the way, the truth the life. No-one goes to the father except through me. Jn 14:6

H         HARMONY      Su1         Holy Spirit               Respect, Democracy   Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31



Our creative, bespoke curriculum is shaped by our vision for the school. This allows for the development of the whole child both academically and personally. We actively plan to enable pupils to reflect and explore the spiritual dimension of all subjects. We are a highly inclusive school and welcome families from all faiths and none.


Staff, Governors and pupils have worked together to identify how spirituality is at the heart of our school:


Spiritual development is at the heart of the curriculum and our school


Aspects of Spirituality


School opportunities



A sense of the mystery of life:



Creative curriculum

Literacy – Poetry/Stories/Non fiction/speaking and listening.

Relationships Education

Challenges in Maths

‘Big’ questions – RE/Philosophy

Reflection areas and sensory garden

Sacred spaces - visits

Spontaneous awe and wonder moments e.g mystery egg, snow day, red moon dust.


A sense of choice, decision making and personal responsibility:



Creative homework


Group work – peer marking


School council

Respect and responsibility for equipment and uniform

Creative bespoke curriculum where children make choices

Behaviour choices

Opportunities to choose challenge tasks

Growth Mindset Philosophy

Staff development

Learning exhibition



A sense of awe and wonder:



Educational Visits

Church visits

Awareness of world through Global charity work.

Forest Friday activities

Local charity work

Visitors to school

Worship times


Real life experiences, egg, snow, moon.


Heatree residential



A sense of awareness of there being something more to life than meets the eye:



Curriculum launches


Reflection time

‘Big questions’


Worship times


The Arts

Philosophy/RE lessons

Prayer spaces.

Open the book



A sense of love for the outside:

Play area / forest school/EYFS

Off-site visits / walks / residentials

Gardening club 

Mud kitchen

Pond area

Wilderness area

Willow  dome

Outdoor classroom


Den areas

Heatree residential visit


learning outside the classroom

St Peter and St Pauls church visits

Creativity/reflection days/prayer spaces



A sense of pattern, sequence and order:



The Arts

Behaviour policy

Creative curriculum

Christian Year Collective Worship

A school week - timetables

Visual timetables



A sense of enquiry and open mindedness:

Philosophy for Children, RE lessons, Science, Big questions’, P4C, Circle time, Full Circle, Show and Tell, Self-evaluation/ peer assessment

Christian values of tolerance and respect

British Values

What's in the news?

Heatree residential

Staff development and cpd



A sense of life’s joys and achievements:

Celebration Collective Worship

Genuine achievement – high standards

EYFS Wow moments, Calendar celebrations, Inspirational speakers, paralympians, musicians. Fun curriculum

Humour in lessons

Children supporting planning and leading Collective Worship

learning exhibitions

Staff cod and achievements

competitions big science event, poetry competitions





A sense of disappointment and failure, suffering and pain:

Pets, plants, Jesus

Disasters in news

Collective Worship stories (Bible and multi-cultural)

Circle time, supporting local and global charities

In lessons – failing is positive – you are learning. Growth mindset.

News bites and espresso discovery.


A sense of others as feeling, thinking people:

Relationships with others, resolving conflicts, Restorative justice model of behaviour management

Praising empathy and compassion

Staff as role models

pupils as role models

School council

Respect for each other – unique and special

Caring for each other’s feelings, Circle Time

Worship Time - respecting

Christian Values – sharing/giving/respecting

Staff modelling – taking turns

Behaviour policy – clear rules, rewards and consequences

Global links – other than ourselves Emran

Buddy system

Playground buddies


A sense of empathy with others:

Social stories, social skills groups, nurture time, reflection, prayer spaces, RE inspired

Anger management, stories, role play, supporting charities: air ambulance, jeans for Genes, Emran, Water Aid, hearing Dogs


Emotional intelligence

Provision mapping

charitable efforts



A sense of silence and reflection:

Noise level in classrooms – Quiet working

Sensory quiet spaces throughout school

Planning and preparation time for teachers

Music to enter Collective Worship, use of candles, Collective Worship is a time for stillness and reflection about oneself, Jesus and others, worship time daily, children involved in planning of collective worship, Rev Des prayer writing, links to bible stories

Thinking time for children and staff

Calm school

Professional development time for all staff to reflect on practice


A sense of self–worth and the worth of others:

Effort and achievement celebrated in displays High academic standards

Circle time - discussion

Global days/themed weeks Learning Exhibition

Self/Peer marking

Ethos – everyone unique and special in their own way - praise

All children discussed regularly in staff meetings – learning styles

Teaching about Jesus and Christian Values

Celebration Collective Worship

Staff knowing all children well, achievement and celebration assembly.

Learning exhibitions


A sense of self-confidence in expressing inner thoughts:

Circle time


Creative curriculum

Leading Collective Worship

Values of perseverance, hope, respect, compassion

restorative justice


A sense of the joy in life:

Creative curriculum – real experiences

Sports/The Arts/Clubs

Aston’s Got Talent

Humour, espresso discovery, achievement assembly, PTA events, learning exhibitions.


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