Ethos and Values

The Values, which make our School unique

Statement of British Values

The Values, which make our School unique

At Cudham CE Primary School we want the very best for the children in our care and we strive to provide an environment where they will be happy, thrive and succeed. Our strong team of staff and the advisory council are driven by a common goal – to value, care for, guide and support each child to help them realise their potential.

Cudham CE Primary is a school where…

• Every individual is valued, respected and cared for

• There is a Central Core of Christian Values in a climate of trust and mutual respect

• Children make exceptionally good progress through our culture of high expectation

• We provide an exciting, enjoyable and enriching curriculum

• There are strong links with the community

• Diversity is celebrated and respected

• Parents are welcomed as partners in children’s learning

• We believe in learning from each other, sharing ideas and practice

• The Governors are actively involved in the life of the school and provide effective support to help move the school forward

• There is pride in the school, its history and International links

• There is a continual emphasis on improvement and excellence

Our children will…

• Be happy, safe and secure

• Foster a love of learning

• Grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and his place within their lives today

• Achieve and make exceptional progress

• Express their ideas with confidence and enthusiasm

• Learn to respect and care for themselves, for each other and for the world we live in

• Take pride in their achievements

• We believe in learning from each other, sharing ideas and practice

• Develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to equip them for their future lives and education

With our staff who…

• Are kind, committed, approachable and responsive

• Are passionate about teaching and learning

• Encourage and promote respect and tolerance of others’ views and beliefs

• Care for, guide and support the children

• Produce vibrant and attractive displays to celebrate the children’s work

• Use effective teaching strategies to challenge, motivate and inspire

• Have high expectations for behaviour and learning

• Celebrate individual skills, achievements and talents

• Carefully plan and assess the children’s work to provide the next steps in their learning

• Are committed to quality professional development

A Central Core of Christian Values

The 19th century founders of our school could never have imagined the educational developments and opportunities today. Their ideals of providing a modest and worthy education for the children of the local community have long been overtaken as we now lay foundations for their success in an increasingly complex and demanding 21st century. Yet there remains, at heart, a central core of Christian values, which, our founders would recognise, characterised by care for each individual, our neighbours and our world.

As an Advisory Council it is our duty and privilege to hold fast to that which is good, whilst at the same time to take full advantage of all that is offered for the school and for the children. We are very proud of our beautiful site, attractive buildings and our strong links with the local community. With such blessings, there is nothing that our staff and our children cannot achieve and we invite your involvement and encouragement in partnership with them and with us.

Acts of collective worship reflect the Christian foundation of the school, offering worship with specific Christian content but with an open and broad quality. The local Anglican parish plays an active part in the delivery of Acts of Worship at the school and regular services in the church.

The Reverend John Musson is a member of the advisory council and the church supports, encourages, and works with the school to promote excellence in its educational vision and the quality of formal and informal provision of religious, spiritual, cultural, and moral education. The church works with the school in the following ways:

• Contributions to acts of collective worship

• Curriculum activities, e.g. church visits

• Activities and discussion in the classroom

• Care for, guide and support the children

• Participation in special church events and services, and working with staff in relation to the curriculum.