Vision and Virtues

Our Vision

Together, we aim, believe and achieve

Together, we aim, believe and achieve.

At Cudham CE Primary School we want the very best for the children in our care so that flourish in our Christian community and realise their potential. We strive to provide an enriching environment where each child will be happy, thrive and succeed.

Cudham Church of England primary is a school with a strong foundation and a rich history. The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Earl of Stanhope and Charles Darwin were among its founders along with the local vicar, Rev Josh Thompson (ex-0ffico). As a national school, from its foundation, the school has served to educate the children of the local community and parish. These founding fathers did not write a vision for our school, but we like to think that our school vision is one that would resonate with the intentions of our founders.

‘Together we are one’ (Ryan Year 6). Community is a central feature of our school, all children and valued and welcomed into our Christian community. Love and friendship are core virtues that bind our community together. The Bible is rich in teachings about this. ‘God is love, and those who live in love, live in God’ I John 4:16, the first disciples sought to live in community. ‘So in Christ, we, though many, form one body…’ Romans 12:5 and ‘So of all virtues, put on love, which binds all together in perfect unity’. Colossians 3:14.

‘We aim to be the best we can’ (Renee Year 6). We seek to ensure that all pupils are given the opportunities to flourish at school. We nurture each child so that they can grow into the best they can be. We aim to have a broad and deep curriculum, supported by excellent teaching to enable this. We are very blessed, in Down, to be surrounded by such wonderful landscapes and environment- one that had inspired Darwin and we try to utilise this inspiration fully for our children.

‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ Romans 8:28

‘We believe we can do it’ (Parise Year 5). Faith is of vital importance in our Church school, but it is not solely about faith in God. We want children to believe in themselves and others, so that together we can support, learn and grow as unique creations. We seek answers, we encourage pupils to observe and appreciate their natural environment, just like Darwin did, and to develop enquiring and curious minds that seek to answer the many questions of life.

We want our pupils to become well-rounded individuals with a strong character, who work hard and achieve their potential. We want our children to grow in knowledge and wisdom.

From its foundation in 1851, the school sought to award pupils a ‘certificate of character and merit’ after completion of their primary schooling. We continue to think this is important; that the achievement of academic results should go hand in hand with pupil’s character development. We want our children to thrive and achieve ‘life in all its fullness.’ John 10:10

Vision and Virtues

Our Virtues

Together, we aim, believe and achieve

Together, we aim, believe and achieve.

Our school virtues are love, respect, courage, faith, compassion and trust. Although these virtues are not the only virtues we seek to develop in our pupils, they are the Christian virtues specially chosen by pupils, parents, staff and leaders.

Love is our most important virtue, as Saint Paul said ‘if I do not have love, I am nothing’ (1 Corinthians 13:2). It underpins all other virtues, and binds them together (Colossians 3:14) It is a love that is outward looking and can also be understood as compassion. So much of our charity work at school stems from this love and compassion for others and the world. Again in his letter to the Colossians, Paul says ‘clothe yourself in compassion…’ (3:12). Faith is a key to our identity as a Church of England school, but is not only faith in God that we emphasise but also faith in ourselves and others. We need faith in each other to grow as a community. Trust is the very essence of faith, trusting in God is a central theme of the Psalms, but is an essential to human life and building relationships. Courage is a virtue that we think is vital for our pupils to develop in their time here at Cudham. In the world we are called to be a voice of truth and help transform the world to be a better place. We need courage to do this. Respect is a way we show are care for others, regardless of the background or starting point in life.

All of our Christian Virtues are key to sustaining a loving and welcoming community for all who are visiting or are part of our School. All this ensures all members of our community enjoys life in all its fullness.

Worship is vital to our identity as a Christian community, and is an expression of our spirituality, beliefs and ethos. The biblical roots of our virtues are explored and developed particularly through our daily collective worship.