Sapere aude - Dare to be wise

MISSION AND VALUES

Mission Statement

Founded on Christian beliefs, our mission at St Edburg’s CE Primary School is to encourage, engage and educate all pupils by providing a broad range of challenging opportunities and experiences; to enable every pupil to be the best they can be in all that they do. We aim to support pupils in becoming partners in their own learning and independent, responsible, caring members of the community.

St Edburg’s Primary School is a Church of England Primary School and our Christian values are at the heart of everything we do. We live by values that are rooted in the Christian principle of showing love and care to one another. Each of the Values that we explore helps children to understand their own behaviour and the effect of this on others. It lays down the moral compass that they need to live their lives, not only in school now, but for the rest of their lives. The 12 values that we explore are Courage, Trust, Creativity, Justice, Forgiveness, Peace, Humility, Truth, Thankfulness, Compassion, Hope and Friendship. Values are explicitly taught and reflected upon in assemblies and class discussions. They are implicit in the way we encourage all members of the school community to be the best that they can be, to consider others before themselves and to be independent and responsible members of the school community and the wider world.

Living out our Values

During the school year we have opportunity to think of others through challenges such as Children in Need, Comic Relief, Christian Aid Week and Fair Trade Week. Children have weekly ‘House Circle’ meetings which give them opportunity to discuss issues and topics raised in school that reflect things happening in the news and at school. We mark significant events such as May Day, Remembrance, St George’s Day with special assemblies and reflective Prayer Spaces. We love to visit the local day care centre and perform songs and we make regular contributions to the Bicester Food Bank.

St Edburg’s Church

We have strong links with the church. Each class attends a church service once a term and we love having a chat afterwards with the local congregation! Our Vicar, Rev Verena Breed, and Captain John Bentley from the Kingsmere Outreach team, are regular visitors to the school. The whole school goes to church for special occasions such as Harvest and Christmas. Our governing body is made up of 7 Foundation Governors who are appointed by the Parish Church Council and the Diocese. You can find out more about the services at St Edburg’s Church by clicking here http://www.stedburgschurch.org/