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Belgrave St. Peter's CoE (VA) Primary School

Mission Statement

 

At Belgrave St. Peter's Church of England (Aided) School,

We want 'to be the best we can be, for God, for ourselves and for others'.

 

Here everyone is:

Safe and respected

Special and Important

Happy and working

Learning and sharing

Surrounded by peace and prayer,

Loved by God

Aims and Mission Statement

 

In reflecting on our aims and our mission statement, we must understand we are not a school for Christians but a multi-ethnic, multi-faith and multi-cultural school which applies Christian values to its mission. We model Jesus’ kingdom values and his relationship with his followers in our relationship to our community, children and their families and carers.

 

 

Our school seeks to be a place where everyone is:

 

Safe and respected

The story of the Bible is about salvation. God led his people from slavery in Egypt to safety on the promised land. In the New Testament Jesus promises to protect his people so that no matter what happens in their world “...no one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28). Jesus was Lord and Master but he chose not to treat his followers as less than him He said “I no longer call you servants…. I call you friends” (John 15: 15).

In modeling this we seek to be a school where our children are respected and listened to, engaged with appropriately and safeguarded at all times.

 

Special and Important

In recognising the importance of the individual, we are drawing upon Christian values of inclusivity for example “God so loved the world that he gave his only son” (John 3: 16). That Jesus calls us all and died for us all.

Each person is unique and treasured by God (Matthew 10: 29-31).

 

Happy and working, learning and sharing

We recognise that Christians work together as one unit (1 Corinthians 12-14) and therefore we want our children to work as a community and that like a church each part of our community contributes to the whole.

 

Surrounded by peace and prayer

In surrounding our children in peace and prayer “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives". (John 14:27) we model Jesus’ promises that no matter how complex, difficult and dangerous their relationship with the world, his disciples would find peace in him.

Likewise, no matter how complex and difficult our pupils' experiences outside school are, in school they should find stability, security, consistency, peace and love.

 

Loved by God

In making this our mission and caring for our children we model in a small way the holy, sustaining, life giving, redeeming, unconditional love of God.

 

Our mission statement is that “we want to be the best we can be, for God, for ourselves and for others.”

 

In recognising we want to be the best we can we can be we recognise that Christianity is centred on redemption so recognises that each person will need to be redeemed so when we make mistakes, we have a second chance and can be transformed (2 Corinthians 5: 17).

The church is also a place where the spirit is active empowering God’s people, so as a school we should be prepared to be surprised (in a good way!) as our children achieve things and grow and change.

Jesus believed his disciples potential was limitless and their impact would surpass his own (John 14:12-14), in the same way we believe our pupils can exceed not only our expectations, but what we are capable of.

At Belgrave St. Peter's 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.

 

We recognise that in a multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-faith city that the values we hold are not uniquely Christian but rather are shared with many of those around us. What makes our school distinctive is how we understand those values and apply them to our daily lives.

 

St Peter's holds five key values: Love, trust, faith, honesty and perseverance.

 

Each of these values is informed by and can be measured against the Christian Tradition.

 

To summarise:

Love, based in community, for God and neighbour

Trust, knowing that God is with you in difficult times

Faith, believing that God will help you to achieve things you did not think possible

Honesty, being true to God and true to yourself

Perseverance, we all fail but if we work through to the end we succeed.

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