Our Vision, Ethos, Mission and Aims
Walsh Memorial CE (VC) Infant School creates a strong, nurturing, Christian school community, in which all pupils are valued and encouraged to embrace a love of learning. Inspired by the action of St Peter, we strive to create resilient, independent and articulate learners who persevere and aspire to be the best they can. Our Christian Values enable our school community to flourish in a safe, secure and happy environment, giving every child the confidence and enthusiasm to become life-long learners. Through our value of love and understanding of God, our school community demonstrates compassion, kindness, consideration and to cherish our world and everyone in it.
‘Jesus said: you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church’ (Matthew 16 v 18)
St Peter is our inspiration because he was one of the first disciples to follow Jesus. He became recognised for his work as a community builder amongst the twelve disciples and was later seen as the 1st Pope for the Catholic faith. He became pre-eminent in the community of Christian followers and went from being an ordinary fisherman to answering the call of Jesus to be a ‘fisher of men’. Like Peter, who went on to do great things, we believe wherever children start in school, they can do great things. With millions of people as dedicated Christians, we want our children to celebrate and understand that Christian faith is very real and very important to us. Peter was full of enthusiasm and we reflect his enthusiasm for all aspects of our work with children and parents.
St Peter showed great love to Jesus. He knew he sometimes got things wrong but he learnt from that. We also encourage learning from our mistakes and building resilience for our whole school community. He was a great listener and always open to change, which is an important skill for our senior leaders. St Peter was a great friend to Jesus. His love was tested when out of fear he denied knowledge of Jesus three times and children’s love for each other may be tested when they fall out with their friends. Jesus forgave Peter for his actions and we encourage children to forgive when they have been hurt or had a dispute with their friends.
Peter had great faith and even when it was tested when he was walking on water, he persevered. In school, learning is not always easy for the children. Classes are not always easy for the teachers and decisions are not always easy for the leaders. With perseverance and faith and God’s guidance we have deep hope in what we do.
The School serves its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.
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Aims of our School
- We promote physical, mental and spiritual well-being for everyone
- We create a caring and secure atmosphere, reflecting the Christian ethos of the school, and encourage good relationships and tolerance for others
- We aim for quality and excellence in all that we do; we take a broad view of education and enable all children to progress is many different ways
- We provide a happy, interesting and attractive learning environment where all children can be successful and develop positive attitudes to school
- We ensure equal opportunities for everyone
- We provide a carefully planned curriculum to develop children’s confidence, independence and enthusiasm and meet each child’s individual needs
- We enable our children to master basic skills that will stimulate an on-going enthusiasm for learning
- We encourage our children to experience a sense of wonder at the beauty and creativity of the world around them
- We maintain high but realistic expectations of all our children and adults and high standards in all that we do
- We foster an active partnership between home and school and positive links with the local community and the Church