Based on Jesus’ words:
‘I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.’
Our vision is that our school is a place where people are:
‘Believing and Achieving Together to be the Best that We Can Be’
Believing: Tipton St John is a school which is deeply rooted and committed to the Bible teaching that Love is the greatest gift. The famous passage in 1 Corinthians 13 has been a long-standing favourite in the school, and has formed the backbone of our Core School Values of Love, Patience, Perseverance, Respect, Friendship, Forgiveness, Kindness, Hope and Trust.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres. 1 Cor 13: 4-7
These values were selected and agreed by children, staff, parents and governors and reflect our community as a whole.
In the school logo the trunk and branches of the tree represent the cross and each leaf represents a value, with love being at the centre.
Achieving: What do we hope for our children and community to achieve? Again, we look to the life of Jesus who knew about ‘life to the full’. The Bible tells us in Luke’s gospel that Jesus grew in some key ways:
- Wisdom: We want our children to be wise. To have knowledge, and to know how to use it well.
- Stature: We want our children to be healthy and strong. To understand and respect their minds and their bodies.
- Favour with God and man: We want our children to learn to live in ways that show care and love for others. To be people who grow to enrich the lives of those around them and make changes for the better.
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. Luke 2:40
The best we can be: Tipton St John Primary School believes that each and every child is uniquely important in their own ways. Every child’s successes are valued, be those successes academic or otherwise. All we ask is that each member of our community, adults and children alike, strive to develop the self-awareness of what they can accomplish and set out to be that person to the best of their ability.
Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself, or compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. Galatians 6:4-5
Every Bible story points to Jesus in a different way and highlights different Christian values. We present our Year 6 leavers with a Bible so they can use the book as a ‘toolkit for life’ and use their knowledge and understanding of the book to signpost themselves and others to the stories that are relevant and can offer guidance at different parts of their life and in different circumstances, continuing the vision of being the best they can be.
We seek to preserve and develop the school’s Christian ethos in accordance with the principles and practice of the Church of England https://www.churchofengland.org/ . We ask parents to respect our ethos and its importance to the school community.