(our vision, mission, maxim, motto, ethos, values and aims)
We want every child and adult to “live life in all its fullness” (John 10:10, the Bible).
At Christ Church our mission is to nurture, develop and educate our children in a happy, secure, caring Christian community.
Children don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
To be the best that you can be.
The school, founded by the Parish of Christ Church, will maintain and develop its character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church in parish and diocese. The school will serve the community by providing an education of the highest possible quality whilst upholding Christian belief and practice. It will encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promote Christian values through the experience it offers every child.
As a Church School, we have a responsibility to nurture and encourage an exploration of religious faith. Children are provided with opportunities to reflect on their own life and what is special to them as a stepping stone to learning about faith, religion and spiritualty, and developing mutual respect and tolerance of people with different faiths and beliefs. (Read about our Fundamental British values.)
We will value and develop all members of our school community, providing excellent opportunities for them to reach their full potential in body, mind and spirit. The education we provide at Christ Church is consistent with the “four core elements” of the Church of England’s vision for education:
Our five core Christian values
Christ Church is an inclusive school. These values were selected because they are pertinent to the mission of our school as it serves the local community and wider Frome in a spirit of love and warmth, sensitivity and compassion, ambition and aspiration, hope and peace.
Click here to learn more about our core Christian values.
Click here to see how our “Golden Rules” are a reminder to adults and children about what our Christian values “look like” when we live them out day by day. Each Golden Rule is based on one of our core Christian values.
Our commitment to equality and inclusion
At Christ Church, we believe that diversity is a strength which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here. We promote a positive culture of inclusion, in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and able to participate fully in school life.
We are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers receiving services from the school, irrespective of race, gender, disability, religion, sexuality or socio-economic background.
As a school, we aim to tackle discrimination by the positive promotion of equality, challenging bullying and stereotypes, and creating an environment which champions respect for all.
(Read the Church of England’s report on inclusion and tackling homophobic bullying: All God’s Children.)
Being “global neighbours” and “courageous advocates”
We understand that courageous advocacy – as the name suggests – is about both “being brave” and “speaking up”. For Christians, this is part of a millennia-old prophetic tradition, whereby individuals are called by God to speak uncomfortable truths, challenging people to change their ways. In a school context, this will involve home, school and church working together to make bold, brave choices: doing the right thing, rather than the easy thing or the popular thing. It is about generosity not greed, and service not selfishness.
We believe courageous advocacy is part of Christ Church’s distinctively Christian DNA, consistent with the aims of both Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSCD) and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE). Courageous advocacy is at the heart of school life, running like a “golden thread” through all that we do.
At Christ Church, we promote responsible citizenship, global neighbourliness and courageous advocacy in the following ways:
Our values-based Anglican school nurtures curiosity, creativity, ambition and resilience through an inspiring, broad and engaging curriculum, where learning is at the heart of all that we do. Our children develop a moral compass based on Christian values, which allows them to flourish and achieve as caring, respectful, tolerant, active citizens, equipped for life in modern Britain.
At Christ Church, we aim to do the following: