Wickham Church of England Primary School was founded by St Nicholas’ Church in 1868 and important documents, including a Trust Deed, define how our school is run today. Our Statutory Instrument of Government states:
Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.
Our School Vision exemplifies our determination to offer our children an excellent education and as a Church of England School we offer a spiritual dimension to our provision. All schools play a significant part in developing children’s values whether intentional and explicit or not. Children learn values at school from relationships, everyday classroom interactions and from explicit teaching. Church schools have Christian beliefs and values at their heart and we have been keen to identify which specific Christian values are most relevant and important to our young learners.
During an INSET day we were able to establish a set of Christian Values which we felt were most important to our school – our children, families, staff and community. We agreed a list of nine values from which parents, governors and friends of our school were invited to choose the three which they felt were most important. We found it quite hard to define a short list as we believe each individual value can represent a wealth of positive Christian characteristics which we would wish to encourage our children to adopt. However, some of the values we chose seemed very powerful to us and we were keen to gather the views of our whole school community.
The 'shortlist' of nine Christian Values devised by staff, parents, governors, Parish clergy and representatives of our local Christian family were:
Aspiration, Challenge, Courage, Friendship, Hope, Love, Peace, Respect and Teamwork
The results of our online survey matched the priorities which emerged during our INSET discussions and we are therefore delighted to announce that the three Core Christian Values for Wickham Church of England Primary School are now:
Love, Courage and Respect
At Wickham Church of England we have also been learning about what it means to be British. Our school council ran an 'Understanding British Values' campaign where they involved all the children in the school in creating a poster to represent one of the British Values. In addition to this, we have been working to produce British Values books to send to a school in Spain.
Visit our British Values Page to see how we teach and embrace the British Values of:
Rule of Law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs