A family. Uniquely made and loved by God.
We are a Good Samaritan (Luke 10 v 25- 37) school where all are treated equally. Despite our differences we are a family; bound together by a sense of belonging and support and founded upon our Christian values of love, forgiveness, friendship, perseverance, thankfulness and respect.
At All Saints, it is important that the vision we have for our school is both for now and the future and that it be rooted in the Christian faith. We want to create an environment in which children thrive and live out the vision that we have for our school.
Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan to challenge prejudice and show God’s enduring love for all. In line with the Church of England’s vision for education ‘ Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good’ we believe the story reflects our commitment to be the best we can for all children and links perfectly with our vision.
Combined with a strapline created by staff, parents and children, the vision, values and parable reflect exactly what we feel about this wonderful school and what it means to be an ‘All Saints pupil’.
Sweet friendships refresh the soul and awaken our hearts with joy
Proverbs 27 v 9
At All Saints we know that friendships are a vital part of life for both children and adults. Jesus came to be a friend for all sinners and to lay down his life for his friends ( John 15: 13-15). The Bible teaches us that fellowship (friendship) with God through forgiveness of our sins was Jesus’ purpose in dying on the cross and so we strive to help our children make and sustain positive friendships with each other and with God.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4 : 32
This is probably one of the most difficult of Jesus’ teachings to put into practice and yet it is fundamental to the Christian faith. At All Saints, we demonstrate forgiveness in our daily interactions with the children and PSHE lessons. We encourage the children to practice forgiveness in their interactions with each other.
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever.
Thankfulness is a wholehearted response to God. It comes from a consciousness of God’s blessings and is a central part of Christian worship, praise and prayer. At All Saints, we teach the children to be thankful for the many things God has given them and encourage them to demonstrate their thankfulness of others and to others through words and deeds.
Do to others, what you would have them do to you.
In all he did, Jesus demonstrated respect and love for those around him, no matter their personal
circumstances. The Bible teaches that as Christians we should practice humility and at All Saints we believe this value to be extremely important. We teach the children to be considerate and compassionate and to help us build a community based on respect for others, our environment and ourselves.
Blessed is the one who perseveres
Jesus frequently encouraged his disciples to ‘endure patiently’ the difficulties and obstacles they encountered in the face of adversity. He also told the parable of the persistent widow ( Luke 18: 1-8) in order to demonstrate the importance of persistent prayer. At All Saints, we value perseverance as a life skill as well as an opportunity to follow Jesus’ teachings. We teach the children to persevere at the tasks they don’t like or are less confident in just as much as the tasks they love and help them to celebrate the effort as much as the result.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Love is more important than anything else. Its what ties everything completely together. Colossians 3:14.
At All Saints, love underpins everything we do. It is the ‘why’ of who we are. The Bible is clear – God loves us and sent his son to die for us. The original word in the New Testament for God’s love is agape. Agape means putting others before ourselves. It is a selfless love. We believe that by living out this love in all we do, we can create a school where both adults and children feel safe, supported and part of a family in which they can achieve more - socially, academically and morally.