As a welcoming and inclusive family school we will embrace all members of our community. St. Stephen’s will strive to foster an enriched love of learning embodied in the Word of Christ by celebrating and nurturing a child’s full potential, for we believe that Jesus Christ is the Light of the World. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)
Our visions and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.
“Get wisdom, get understanding, do not forget my words.” (Proverbs 4:5-7
We help children to have a proper understanding of the consequences of their thoughts, words and actions; as well as developing an awareness of the true value of things.
“Trust in the Lord” is a central theme of the book of Psalms.
We help children to be trustworthy people who can be relied upon and who tell the truth. We encourage children to trust in God and in his goodness.
Reverence is related to awe and respect.
We teach children to appreciate the wonderful world that God has made. We encourage children to wonder about things and to be open to amazement.
“A friend loves at all times” (Proverbs 17:17)
We encourage pupils to develop deep and lasting friendships and to work on resolutions when problems with friends occur.
“One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus feet and thanked him.” (Luke 17:15-16)
We teach children to say thank you and encourage them to appreciate the good things they have in their lives with gratitude. We thank God in our worship for the good things he gives us and for his love for each one of us.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.” (Colossians 3:15)
We encourage children to be peacemakers and help children learn how to get over arguments quickly and fairly.
“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another, be sympathetic; love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.” (1 Peter 3:8)
We encourage children to show concern towards people who suffer – whether that means comforting someone who is upset in playground or helping those in need across the world.
“Forgive us our sins, as we also forgive everyone who sins against us.” (Luke 11:4)
We encourage children to be quick to apologise if they have done something wrong and we teach forgiveness for hurts and not to hold grudges. We share with children the understanding that God forgives us and that nothing we do will stop God from loving us.
Koinonia means community; it is about living, working and growing up together.
We provide children with lots of opportunities to work together and support one another, including across different age groups. At St Stephen's we are a family and we explore ways for parents, carers, grandparents, children, staff and church to work together and feel a sense of belonging.