Ethos and Aims

Our Christian vision

Walking and learning with faith in the footsteps of Jesus, which comes from the biblical scriptures of ‘And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.’  2 John 1 v 6; ‘Walk with the wise and become wise.’  Proverbs 13 v 20

At Thornaby Church of England Primary School, we believe it is important to develop core values by which to live and help to develop moral and spiritual awareness. We seek to explore the meanings of the core values and their significance through Collective Worship.

The gifts of truthfulness, friendship, trust, peace, courage perseverance, compassion, service, humility, respect and reverence, responsibility, wisdom, hope, creativity, forgiveness, generosity and justice are the values we want our children to leave with. As a Church of England school, we aim to anchor the values in the Christian faith by relating them to the Bible through stories and readings.

We feel a deep responsibility to nurture and develop core values that can guide our lives and be shared and expressed by everyone, regardless of faith or belief. These guide our school community, helping to form character, spiritual awareness and self-esteem.

As a school we seek to promote reflection about children’s own beliefs and faith and to encourage their own interest in and respect of other religions and faiths.


Our core Christian values

Love, Perseverance, Hope, Forgiveness


Our Ethos

• Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at Parish and Diocesan level
• The School aims to serve 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


Our School Aims

• Valuing and respecting each other – every effort and achievement
• Encouraging each other to do our best
• Striving for everyone to achieve their full potential
• Creating a happy, supportive, caring Christian ethos
• Educating the whole child – spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical
• Providing a broad, balanced, relevant, coherent, progressive, creative and differentiated curriculum, offering all pupils the widest range of stimulating educational opportunities to inspire and motivate
• Valuing and welcoming a positive and fulfilling partnership with families, friends and the community
• Embracing other cultures with love and respect
• Upholding a safe and secure Christian environment, whilst celebrating the diverse nature of our community where all are nurtured and can flourish
• Nurturing self-respect, courtesy, good manners and a caring attitude towards other people, the local environment and the wider world
• Opening doors and widening horizons, offering new experiences and challenges
• Developing structures for lifelong learning in order to prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life
• Ensuring equality of access and of opportunity for all
Letting our children shine