St Michael's
C.E. Primary School

Believe, Achieve, Succeed

Our Vision and Values

Our Theologically Rooted Christian Vision

Courage to Flourish in the Love of God

Acknowledging God as creator of the world and everything in it, we treasure the Old Testament image of everyone being unique – fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God.

We claim the universal promise of Jesus – who offers life in all its fullness for everyone, no exceptions. We recognise our responsibility to enable a lived coherence between these theological ideas and the experiences, opportunities and achievements of everyone – adults and children.

We are inspired by God’s charge to Joshua to be courageous in the face of uncertainty and difficulty and to be confident that God journeys with us in these.

In our school community we recognise the circumstances and challenges of the individuals and families who make up our school family. We courageously embrace these and commit to transforming lives, and learning, so that each person can be the full version of themselves, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually, as God intended.

‘I have come that [you] may have life, and have it to the full’ (John 10:10)


‘Be strong and courageous… the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’ (Joshua 1:9)

These biblical texts underpin our vision summary, ‘Courage to flourish in the love of God’. Jesus’ words from the New Testament describe his desire for everyone to be a full and flourishing version of their created selves, experiencing life in all its vibrant fullness, individually and in community. Our ambition is for everyone to encounter this fullness through the life and work of the school, whatever their background, beliefs or circumstances. God’s words to Joshua from the Old Testament illustrate how life, and learning, can be challenging, bringing setbacks and discouragement. These words inspire us to keep on going in those circumstances, confident that God watches over us and walks beside us.

The joining of these biblical texts is meaningful for the particular circumstances of our school community. It gives coherence to our aspirational vision that will grow courage and resilience as enablers of ‘life in all its fullness’ for everyone.

Our Core Christian Values

To support our vision, we have seven overarching Christian Values. Our core Christian values have been chosen so that living them in a real way, in the life and work of our school and community, helps everyone to encounter ‘life in all its fullness’.