Ethos & Values

Our school provides for all our children, within the framework of a loving Christian community, the opportunity to flourish, value themselves and other people.
Our School

Our Vision

At Syresham St James CE Primary School and Nursery the children are at the heart of all that we do with everyone working together as they journey through school and nursery. The scallop shell of St James is referred to by pilgrims today as a guide or milestone marker, providing reassuring points in the right direction. The grooved lines of the shell run from the outside to a meeting point at the base, depicting that all pathways lead to the same place.
All of our children start their journey through school at different points. We aim to carefully plan so that the children are open to rich opportunities at an appropriate time and place in their learning journey. Some walk slowly, others challenge themselves by walking fast and giving themselves goals. We want to guide children through their milestone markers, providing a reassuring point in the right direction and ensuring that they all end up at the end meeting point; happy and successful children in their own right.

School Values

As a Church of England School, our Christian Values underpin all that we do. Each half term we focus on a particular value. We then display this value in our classrooms, through images, work or quotes to help children fully understand what they mean and how they link to their own lives.

Our Values are the foundations of our school, in particular our behaviour policy to help support the children understand their behaviour and consequenecs of their actions. This helps them to make the right choices, take responsibility for their actions and ensure that children follow these values both in school and in their lives outside of school.


Religious Education

We are Church of England School and Christianity is the basis of all religious teaching. We use the Local Education Authority’s agreed syllabus for the teaching and planning of Religious Education.  Our school Values of Courage, Generosity, Respect, Forgiveness, Love and Fairness are reflected in our School Ethos and are embedded in everything we do.  Through our curriculum and worship we also encourage an awareness of the beliefs and cultures of our multi faith society. We share a variety of resources with the children, giving them time to develop their understanding and time to reflect upon issues of daily life. Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons and our daily act of worship. If parents do wish their child to be withdrawn they are asked to discuss the arrangements with the Headteacher.

Collective Worship

Collective Worship is an important part of our school day when we all come together to worship God, to celebrate the Christian spirit of the school and give everyone the opportunity to reflect on their own thoughts, feelings and values.

Our Collective Worship is invitational, giving all members of the school the opportunity to contribute to and lead worship. Inclusive, ensuring that we all feel comfortable and are able to take part through stories, songs, drama, music and art, and engaging as we inspire the children to think about and reflect on all that they have seen and heard.

Worship can e a ‘time to breathe’; a time when all can come together to find a space, silence and quietness to reflect on ones’ own spirituality, values and place in the world.

British Values at Syresham

At our school British Values are reinforced regularly and are incorporated into our daily life together.  British Values underpin what it is to a citizen in a modern and diverse Britain.  They allow us to create environments free from discrimination, intolerance and hate.  They help us to challenge prejudice and stereotyping, whilst strengthening relationships within the community.

Many of the British Values encourage sharing and collaborating, and it’s one of the most important skills children learn in the early years.  We have developed provisions that enable children to share, while encouraging collaboration and working together towards a common goal.

Ethos Committee

This is a groups of staff, children are parents who meet during the year to reflect and develop the Christian Character of the school. The children also support he school to plan and lead Whole School Worship as well as shape our main religious celebrations such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter.

This year the Ethos groups is led by Mrs Clough and Miss Palmer.

We are currently looking for a parent to join our committee.