Church School: Vision and Values

At Stutton CoE, our vision is that we are an inclusive Church school, helping each child to flourish and achieve their very best academically and holistically in a nurturing and creative environment, underpinned by our Christian values and supported by the church and the wider community.

At Stutton Church of England School, we greatly value our link with the Church and the local Diocese. We work alongside them to ensure that we offer a spiritual dimension to the lives of young people, within the traditions of the Church of England. We celebrate that Stutton Church of England Primary school has had close links with the Christian Church since 1836.

Whilst Stutton Primary is a Church of England school we are inclusive and serve equally those who are of the Christian faith, of other faiths and of no faith. All church schools, however, must offer ‘.... an opportunity to encounter and meet with God’ (Diocesan policy on collective worship).

All schools, regardless of their affiliation or not to a specific religion, have a responsibility to teach Religious Education. The Church of England website states that 'In Church of England schools, where pupils and staff come from all faiths and none, Religious Education (RE) is a highly valued academic subject that enables understanding of how religion and beliefs affect our lives. At the heart of RE in Church Schools is Christianity, but pupils also learn about and are taught to respect other faiths and world views. Therefore, our teaching of RE at Stutton is predominantly Christian but also covers other world religions. When teaching any set of beliefs, we ensure that pupils are made clear that this is what Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs etc., believe, and we respect each other. Equally, when conducting religious worship, we give pupils a choice to join in the prayer or reflect on the words and message. We respect and value differences in opinions.

We place a great deal of importance on encouraging Christian values at school - values that we believe will help create academically, emotionally and socially successful children and adults. This focus on specific values is an excellent strength of the school and something that we hold in great importance. We use our values to promote positive behaviours and attitudes at the school. Pupils receive 'ClassDojo' points that are linked to the school values. Each of these values are linked to a specific colour, which is reflected in the rainbow on our school logo.

Our Rainbow Vision

We have chosen the rainbow symbol to represent our vision and each of our values is linked to a colour.

The rainbow symbol can be a sign of love, peace, acceptance, promise and cooperation. In recent years it has been used to signify support and gratitude for the NHS through the coronavirus pandemic. In Genesis we hear of God’s promise to the world, “I am putting my bow in the clouds. It will be the sign of my covenant with the world’ (9:13)

The colours of the rainbow represent diversity and inclusion - ‘life in all its fullness’ (CoE vision). Colours bring joy to our lives, they represent feelings and emotions, seasons and events in the passage of time.

The arch of the rainbow represents belonging and community - ‘for the common good of the whole community' (CoE vision). We know that it is through human interaction that we can find our purpose and meaning in life.

When we see a rainbow in the sky we are reminded that we are loved and cared for, that every human is unique and that our planet is precious.

Our Values in Action

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