School Ethos

As a Church of England School we set out to provide education within a Christian atmosphere.

The spiritual life of the school is led by a staff of committed Christians and is further developed by regular visits from the clergy and by school services held at St. Bridget's Church. Children thus receive a religious education related to the worship and teaching of the Church of England. We do this in order that children may come to know of the Christian truths and to have a faith to live by, if they so choose.

The school badge is that of St Bridget (or St Bride) of Kildare, after whom our village of Bridstow - "The Place of St Bride" - is named. It is said that the nuns of the convent founded by St Bridget kept a fire burning in memory of her, hence the symbol of the lamp. However, it may be inferred that this emblem refers to her good works, while the oak wreath represents Kildare. White was the colour of her habit, so the badge is often shown as a lamp and a wreath on a white field. [Read more about St. Bridget].

We also recognise the need to have a deep understanding of other faiths in our world community, and so consider the beliefs and practices of those from other cultures at all stages of our RE work.

School Values

We are a values based school. This means that we seek to promote an education philosophy based on valuing oneself, others and the environment. The values reflect the Christian ethos of our school and are also explored within the multi-faith community.

We have four core school values:

  • Friendship
  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Happiness

The Core Values are promoted everyday within school. We continuously review how each class is showing these values and all members of the school are encouraged to model the values in everything they do. We believe this helps to create good citizens. A rounded programme of assemblies and events promote children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, enabling them to develop their own moral and ethical compass to guide what is right and what is wrong.

As well as these core values we teach other Christian values (one each month) which we feel helps to guide behaviour and promote self-worth. These are explored within our daily worship as well as within our classes.

This academic years' values are:

  • September - Happiness
  • October - Friendship
  • November - Peace
  • December - Thankfulness
  • January - Determination
  • February - Respect
  • March - Honesty
  • April - Honesty
  • May - Compassion
  • June - Hope
  • July - Trust

The values are clearly displayed in school and are underpinned by school assemblies, collective worship, school work, discussions in school and rewards and praise for the children. All children are aware of the current school value and are encouraged to discuss their behaviour and feelings in relation to it. For the current school value, visit our home page.

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