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We will aspire for the very best teaching and learning experience for every child. Where every child and adult can flourish and achieve both academically and   spiritually  knowing that …

"Everything is possible for someone who has faith."

Mark 9:23

Equality and inclusion are at the core of our safe and caring community.

‘Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay; you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.’

Isaiah 64: 8


Deeply rooted in theology and Christian narrative our vison is the driving and defining force behind leaders called, connected and committed approach to the running of our school and acts as an extension to The Church of England Vision for Education, ‘Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good’. Taking this fundamental vison all stakeholders were party to developing Bishop Lonsdale’s individual vison, ensuring collective ownership and theological understanding. It is important to all school leaders that the vison reflects the context of the school and the ambitious pathway it is upon.


The theology that underpins our vision is based on that God created the world “good” as stated in Genesis Chapter 1 v31” God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.” As all humans are made by God in his own image (Genesis 1 v27), we believe that children and adults have infinite potential, to be the best that they can be. There are no limits to this as we are all the reflection of the creator God. By following the teachings of Jesus, we know that belief is at the core of everything. We have included the quotation from the gospel according to Mark, "Everything is possible for someone who has faith." Mark 9:23, for our children who struggle for whatever reason there is sense that whatever their challenge this message is still the same - everything is possible. The best teaching and learning experience are different for each child and alters to support needs, whether that be reasonable adjustments in class or timely support this is to ensure a holistic approach to flourishment is achieved.


This has also led us to include “Equality and inclusion are at the core of our safe and caring community.” Jesus taught us that when anyone of us feels lost or unsure God reaches out and keeps us all in his loving arms. The Bible talks about this many times but one parable that we tell the children regularly is that of the lost sheep. "Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn't leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it? When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing.” Luke 15 4-6. This is reflected in all that we do, ensuring every child and adult whatever the challenge they may face, can flourish. To tie all this together we hold dear the quote from Isaiah,‘Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay; you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. ‘Isaiah 64: 8. We felt this reflected exactly what we believe that God created us all and continues to shape and mold us all on our journey through life. It also reflects the local context of the potteries.