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Values and Vision


Together we grow stronger - in our hopes, hearts and mind:  so that we may ‘soar on wings like eagles, run and not grow weary, walk and not be faint’. (Isaiah 40:31)


Our mission is to create an inspirational learning environment underpinned by the Christian Faith so that everyone can become the best they can be, as together we:

Strive for success, learning to love our challenges

Trust and keep each other safe

Joyfully build memories out of moments

Offer opportunities for all to blossom as unique and special

Help and understand each other

Nurture and develop skills, courage and creativity

Stand united in hope to transform all that we can.

VALUES / RULES – we call this our WAYS 

Our WAYS actually form the the basis of our Behaviour Policy and  our Rewards and sanctions.

Together we grow stronger – in our hopes, hearts and minds: with

RESPECT: as we respect everyone equally, caring for all of creation

LOVE: as we are gentle and loving to one another and have a love of learning

TRUST: as we trust in God and become trustworthy global citizens

JUSTICE: as we are just champions of fairness, forgiveness and equality

FRIENDSHIP: as we nurture rewarding and enduring friendships

HOPE: as we challenge ourselves to be the best we can be

PRIDE: as we practice excellent learning powers

HEALTH: as we make safe and sensible choices, mindful of our happiness.

PRIDE Learning Powers






PRIDE MANTRA (spoken at the start of the day, in some collective worships, and at other times when needed – there are actions to go with this that have been designed by pupils) - “Together we grow stronger through: PRIDE in our selves; PRIDE in our school; PRIDE in our learning; and PRIDE in our future.”

St John’s shared definition of Spirituality

St John’s School defines spirituality as growing stronger together by looking within and beyond ourselves to embrace and transform all our futures.

What makes us special

Here at St John's we are proud of so many things that make us special.

Our curriculum combines focused age related learning in the core subjects with a cross-curricular Topic approach for other subjects. We have also begun to re-design our curriculum in order to provide more opportunities for our KEY DRIVERS of our curriculum: creativity, wider horizons for children, children identifying their personal success, wellbeing and spirituality.

Every  child, every year, will be involved in a class production - not just the Reception / Y6 christmas production. This means that every year, every child will develop their confidence, speaking and listening skills, co-operative learning and simply their chance to shine!

Every Term, every child will take part in an Interhouse Tournament - allowing them to experience representing something bigger than themselves as part of a collective endeavour.

Each year, every child will have swimming lessons and have specialist sports coaching as part of our PE Curriculum. We also have a huge and diverse range of after school clubs delivered by teachers, parents, governors and external coaches.

We have a Breakfast Club  to support those families that need extended hours provision. These clubs are run by our TAs who know the children, care for them and support their learning as unique individuals.

Our WAYS have termly focus in collective worship and are highly valued by parents and children alike - they recognise that it helps children to build a core set of values and principles to guide them through life. Whats more, our WAYS are built into our Behaviour Policy - so they are more than simply our values...they are the WAY we behave, the WAY we are, the WAY to be.

We have regular Church links through Parish members that deliver fortnightly 'Open the Book' collective worship and when visit St John's Church at least twice a term for special family services. Our Y6 every year attend a leavers service at Salisbury Cathedral.

Pupil Voice in our school is firmly embedded in all that we do. We have weekly circle times in PSHE, regular Class Councils that feed into the fortnightly School Council meetings that help develop our school, a Spirituality Council that focuses on ways to develop and express our spirituality, a Sports Council that focuses on sporting development across the school, and a newly formed Eco Council that focuses on gardening and recycling.

Our Jigsaw PSHE curriculum explicitly teaches calming down, stress management techniques and strategies - a 'mindfulness' approach to give children the foundations to help them manage the stresses of modern life in teenage years and adulthood.

We teach 'Learning Powers' - a range of dispositions and capacities that help children to learn how to become better at learning. These are life-long skills sets that a child will use in all areeas and stages of their life. We call these PRIDE and they are even built into our WAYS.

We provide Personalised Pupil Targets - a set of goals each term that have been identified by teacher and child togther as the best objective to work on that term to make accelerated progress.

We aim to personalise the learning of all children through a personalised curriculum that includes children helping to identify what they would like to learn. This is exemplified in our Learning Log homework (please see the HOMEWORK page) that allows each and every child to take control over their learning - developing their own individual passions.

We provide a Nurture Base with specially trained staff who can provide small group learning for those who are having a tough time or who are struggling that day to make the righ choices.

We offer specially trained staff as ELSA provision to work closely with children who have worries they need to talk through.

Our SENCO leads the school on focused intervention and support programmes for pupils just behind age related expectations ans for those children with special educational needs.

Foundation Ethos

Recognizing its historic foundation alongside the Church of St John’s, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Parochial Church Council of St John’s and the Salisbury Diocese. 

The school aims to serve the parish and wider community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice aiming to live out the Church of England vision for education as “educating for: Wisdom, knowledge and skills; Hope and aspiration; Community and living well together; Dignity and respect.”  It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.

In addition we will work in close partnership with:

The Salisbury Diocese Board of Education - reflecting their vision of:

“God working through us, inspiring outstanding transformational leadership in schools and parishes which transforms the lives of children and young people.”

The Acorn Education Trust – integrating their vision of:

“preparing young people for their world in their time through

Active and visible Leadership;

Care, support and challenge;

Opportunities for all;

Respect, recognition and resilience;

Needs of all are paramount.”

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