Values in Action

The philosophy and ethos of our school are founded on our Christian vision (LOVE God LOVE Neighbour LOVE Self) and our core values (love, friendship, compassion and respect). These values are promoted in all that we say and in all that we do.

Love: “Do everything with love”. (Corinthians 16:14)

Friendship: “Encourage one another and build each other up”. (Thessalonians 5:11)

Compassion: “Be kind to one another”. (Ephesians 4:32)

Respect: “Treat others as you want to be treated”. (Luke 6:31)

At St Chad's, we are committed to building a loving, compassionate and respectful community in which every child can flourish.  We believe that schools have a moral purpose and that we should encourage our children to become responsible, well-rounded individuals who contribute positively to school life, home life and life in the community.

Like learning to ride a bike, values are learned through a combination of practice and explicit teaching: our collectives worships play an integral role in this. Children learn what values are, how to recognise them, how people react to them, equipping them with invaluable social skills and emotional intelligence. We have a structured approach to our collective worships and specific lessons that teach the values to the children and encourage them to deepen their understanding of what the values mean to them. Children also learn about values through everyday interactions with everyone in the school community. It is through modelling positive behaviours and values that we can all understand our expectations of each other and how we all want to be treated.  

To support our children in making purposeful and meaningful links from their learning of values in collective worship to themselves and their world, we have created a 'Values in Action' overview map. Children regularly experience visitors into school, local trips and outings, as well as Theme days and Theme weeks. Books and literacy play an integral role in helping us to 'bring values to life' across our curriculum design. Children have the opportunity to share their learning outside of school through regular Home Learning activities linked to our half-termly values. At the end of each half-term, children have the opportunity to receive the 'Head of School Award', which are explicitly linked to our collective worship values.