Our Vision & Values
Inspiring our children to flourish and enjoy 'Life in all its fullness' (John 10:10).
Our school’s purpose is built upon the fundamental principle that every child matters to God and has the right to be treated with dignity, learn about their innate worth and understand their unique value and place in God’s world. We provide positive opportunities for all children to experience a community living out Christian values and making choices which lead to hope, aspiration and fulfilment.
We believe our school should be a place where we all want to be; a place where children feel safe and secure, where God’s love is reflected in our care for every individual. We nurture our community, ensuring children flourish physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually thereby achieving their potential. As a church school we find inspiration in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, celebrating the diversity around and amongst us and applying our understanding of tolerance and respect.
Our curriculum is about bringing engagement, fun and enthusiasm to learning. We aspire to provide outstanding educational experiences which will inspire children to develop into lifelong independent learners. Our high expectations develop character and pride in our identity as Coleshill Church of England Primary school, preparing every child for their future.
For each of our values we have picked a story from the bible to help us understand what living out that value might look like in everyday life. Mrs Edge worked with children across the school to bring these stories to life with five wonderful pieces of artwork in our main hall.
With God’s love, we are truthful so we can be trusted and grow in wisdom.
“Speak the truth in love.” (Ephesians 4: 15)
For honesty we chose the story of Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a man who had stolen from his community for his whole life; but then he met Jesus. It was a turning point for him to think about how he lived. He found out it was never too late to change and once he knew he was forgiven he became an honest and generous man.
We want our children to be honest with their words (telling the truth not lies), honest with themselves (have I really given my best?) and honest with their actions.
With God’s love, our words and actions are thoughtful and friendly, so everyone in our community feels welcome.
“Clothe yourselves with kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3: 12)
We chose Jesus’ parable about the Good Samaritan to represent what kindness really looks like. The Good Samaritan looked after a man who most would have expected him to ignore. He did the unexpected and showed kindness to someone who people considered an enemy.
We want children at Coleshill to understand that kindness should be offered to all, not just our friends or those who are equally kind to us.
With God’s love, we have the highest expectations of ourselves, so we keep trying even when we find things hard.
“Perseverance (produces) character and character, hope.” (Romans 5: 4)
The famous story of Noah's Ark forms the picture of perseverance. Noah spent many, many years building the ark out in a desert land where no-one had ever seen a flood. Noah was surrounded by people encouraging him to give up and stop – but he didn't – he carried on and completed the task that God had set for him.
We want children at Coleshill to develop perseverance so that when things get hard they will keep going. If they get stuck they will find another way to solve a problem and for them to understand that to fail isn't the end, it's just the First Attempt In Learning.
With God’s love, we care for others, ourselves and our school, so we listen and use good manners.
“In humility, value others above yourselves.” (Philippians 2: 3)
We picked a less well-known story to give an example of respect. King David as a young man had a chance to steal the throne and those around him encouraged to do so. However, because he respected his King, David refused to harm King Saul. He left him safe to sleep, cutting a piece off his robe to prove he could have killed him but showed respect instead.
We want children at Coleshill to show respect for everyone and everything around them; looking after the things we have and treating others the way we would like to be treated.
With God’s love, we stop and think about our feelings and actions, so we keep ourselves and others learning and safe.
“The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5: 22)
The picture of self-control we have is that of Jesus amidst huge temptation. Having not eaten for 40 days and 40 nights, feeling weak, tired and alone, Jesus still resisted the temptations set before him to be selfish and foolish. He knew he could do the things he was being tempted to do but decided on a better way.
We want children at Coleshill to be able to resist the negative temptations around them and make good decisions; to laugh when it's time to laugh but to work and give their all when it's time to learn.