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Christian Vision and Associated Values

‚Äč ‘Our purpose is to foster a Love of Learning within a nurturing Christian community in a way that enables every child to be the best they can be and to flourish in an ever-changing world.’


I am the Vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit (John 15:5).


Our Love of Learning is seen through the opportunities children have to find out more about the world around them. From Forest Schools to residential visits, from practical hands-on activities in lessons (such as Science, Art, DT and PE) to high quality texts transporting us to new worlds in English and hard challenges in maths which make us think and scratch our heads.


Our Christian community is seen through everything we do - from the way we treat each other, to the way we work and learn together. Our Christian values of love, courage, respect, hope, fellowship and trust underpin our vision. The children know and recognise these values in themselves and others. As a Church of England school our strong links with St Mary the Virgin, our village church, enhance our learning and understanding of what it means to belong.


‘Being the best we can be’ stands for all of us at Padbury. Aspiring to reach challenging goals, to try something new, to be resilient and then celebrate achievements is what drives us forward; no matter our starting points. Children are encouraged to reflect often on the notion ‘it is not where you are in life, it is how fast you are running to improve that counts.’


The biblical text which drives this vision helps in our understanding that God loves us and if we work together and grow together, we will succeed and flourish. The concept that we will achieve more together than if we ‘go it alone’ is understood by all.


It is a privilege to be a part of each child’s learning journey and we hope that by the time our pupils leave Padbury Church of England School they are confident, resilient learners who face the future enthusiastically, well prepared for the ever-changing world around them.


Lucy McFarlane