Visions and Values
Vision, Ethos and Strategic Direction
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
The governing body together with the school's senior leadership team are responsible for ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. Together, they create the school’s vision, distil that down to a vision statement and embed that vision within the school. The school's vision - and how it is harnessed to drive the school forward - creates the ethos.
The vision leads our strategic decisions, which in turn drives school improvement. We use the school's vision and ethos as the lens through which we monitor the school's performance through the year.
Our vision is to enable all children to successfully progress onto their next school, having discovered and developed a passion that, as an adult, makes a positive contribution to not only their own life but their community and beyond.
Our gospel values of love, courage and respect underpin all that we do at The Epiphany School. We have high expectations for our children for academia, behavior and attitudes. The small things matter to us because they become the foundations for future success. Through an inspiring curriculum we ensure that children’s learning is enriched and prepares them well for their next stage in education. We are committed to providing a stimulating environment where all members of our community feel happy, safe and valued. We encourage our children to achieve their full potential, to take their place in God’s world.
To achieve our vision, we invest in leadership and the development of teachers and staff. A broad and balanced curriculum offer is enhanced by specialist teachers alongside staff who enable children to explore their passions and interests and achieve excellence. The school seeks out opportunities to bring our community together and show children how they can contribute to their communities and beyond. High standards of behavior are expected from all at the school so that children feel safe and flourish.
Love is a core value for our Church School because love is at the heart of all that we say, do and believe at The Epiphany School. We show love towards others through our relationships, friendships, compassion and care.
The Bible explicitly tells us that God Is Love and that those who live in love, live in God and God lives in them (John 4:16). Love means you are never alone.
Courage is a core value for our Church School because courage allows us to stand up for ourselves, others and persevere to overcome challenges. In the Bible, God tells his people to ‘be strong and courageous and do not be frightened, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go’. This is demonstrated in the Bible through the Easter story where Jesus shows courage in the face of death.
We show courage in School by saying ‘No’ when everyone is pressing you to do something you do not want to do; we also stick at a task when it is difficult and stand up for ourselves and others.
Respect is a core value for our Church School because respect is at the core of Jesus’ message. In the Bible, respect runs through many of the stories beginning with the Creation Story.
In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus gives us the golden rule for guidance: ‘Treat others as you would want them to treat you’ (Matthew 7:12). In order to understand what this means, we must first learn to respect ourselves, thus creating a firm foundation to grow and thrive into a respectful community.