At Warton Nethersole’s CofE Primary School, we believe that a core set of distinctly Christian values add to the understanding, experiences and wellbeing of our learners – not just during their time in school but as they move on to become young adults and beyond. Our 6 Christian values are rooted in scripture and in the teachings of Jesus through Bible stories that our children can relate to and enjoy. Our values were established in the Autumn term of 2020 and after input and consideration from staff, parents and governors were voted on by our pupils, led by our school council. Our children believe that these 6 values are the ones that represent the way we want to live together and treat each other at Warton.
“Warton Nethersole’s CofE primary school is a friendly, warm and welcoming school where respectful and caring relationships are rooted in the school’s Christian ethos. Leaders set high expectations of pupils and staff, with the best interests of pupils at the heart of their work.” Ofsted (2019)
Love is the value that underpins all others and there is so much of it at Warton. We know that we cannot live any of our other values without love and that it is central to the bible and the teachings of Jesus. We always aim to love ourselves, love each other and love God and the world he created.
We learn about love through the story of The Good Samaritan.
‘Love one another: just as I have loved you’ John 13:34
Our learners know that to respect is to understand that everyone is different, created by God and that everyone should be treated with love and kindness. We want our children to respect themselves and their own unique contribution to their homes, schools and communities. Having self-respect means being able to celebrate our gifts and talents and looking after ourselves so that we can then do the same for others.
We learn about respect through the bible story Moses and the Burning Bush.
‘Encourage One Another and build each other up’ 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Community is a very natural value for us at Warton. Here, both in school and in the village, we are one community where everyone is needed and valued and each person is important. We work together to be the best we can be and provide as well as we can for those around us. When we discussed community, our school councilors talked about Tolerance, which is a really important idea that links closely to the Christian Value of Community.
We learn about community through the bible story Jesus feeds 5000.
‘Live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter 3:8
Thankfulness is key for our learners to live in a meaningful way with an understanding as to how fortunate we all are. Thankfulness is a wholehearted response that shows gratitude for the world we live in. We want to raise the consciousness of being thankful so that we do not take things for granted. At school we try to be thankful in our words, our actions and our prayers.
We learn about thankfulness through the bible story Jesus heals 10 men with leprosy.
‘The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I give thanks to him in song.’ Psalm 28:7
Forgiveness is a really important value to us at school as we know that everyone makes mistakes sometimes. The bible says that God is abounding in love and forgives our sins. At Warton, our learners are taught and practice identifying times where we need to say sorry and how to forgive others who are not showing us love and respect.
We learn about forgiveness through the bible story of Zacchaeus and the Tax Collector.
‘Be compassionate and kind to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you’ (Ephesians 4:32)
Trust is the very essence of faith; trust in God who is trustworthy. Trust lies at the heart of all of our relationships and we learn to trust in each other and in ourselves. At Warton we know that trust is putting yourself in others’ hands and that trust must be earned by our friends.
We learn about trust through the bible story David and Goliath.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me.” (John 14:1)