Last year we reviewed our school values and we identified six core values. These core values are rooted in Christian tradition and describe what it means to be a member of St Nicholas school. They define what is important to us and characterise the distinctiveness of St Nicholas as a church school.
Our core values are:
Our values are at the centre of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils for life in 21st Century Britain.
We are very close to the vicar and members of the congregation at St Nicholas church. We regularly visit the church for services throughout the year and each week friends from the church perform an 'Open the Book' assembly at school for us. The pupils look forward to the Open the Book assemblies and take part enthusiastically whenever they get the chance!
We are grateful to Jenny Penfold from St Nicholas Church (who is also on our governing body) and the team from BeSpace (formerly Prayer Spaces for Schools Oxfordshire) for creating and running our annual prayer space in school. This year the prayer space helped St Nicholas pupils to reflect and pray about four of our school values: Courage, Forgiveness, Friendship and Respect.
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
· rule of law
· individual liberty
· mutual respect
· tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs