Our vision as a Church of England school places Christian values at the heart of everything we do. The values are encapsulated in the acronym STRIVE - ‘Safety, Togetherness, Respect, Integrity, Valued and Excellence’. As a school community, we aim to serve one another and work together for the common good, so that everyone can experience life in all its fullness. (John 10:10).
The parable of the mustard seed (Mark 4:30-32) can represent our children, who are nurtured here, and enabled to live life in its fullness through our teaching and care. It can also represent our school flourishing within our community and the community connecting to our diverse world.
At Sutton CE (VC) Primary School we ‘STRIVE’ to be the very best that we can be and our values underpin our approach to behaviour.
SAFE We uphold and protect each other’s rights to be safe from harm ‘Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.’ (Psalm 37:3)
TOGETHER We celebrate our place within local, national and global communities ‘So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.’ (Romans 12:4)
RESPECT We celebrate and embrace our differences ‘So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you’ (Matthew 7:12)
INTEGRITY We are open and honest with one another ‘The Lord delights in people who are trustworthy’ (Proverbs 12:22)
VALUED We listen to and respect each other’s views so that all can thrive and flourish ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Mark 12:31)
EXCELLENCE We try our best so that we may reach our full potential ‘if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things’ (Philippians 4:8)