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Hurst Knoll St James'

CE Primary School

Inspiring Faith and Learning for Life


Statement of values and ethos

Mission, Vision and Values




The Hurst Knoll way…….


HHope for a bright future for everyone

U – Understanding that we are all unique

R – Respect for the views and beliefs of everyone

S – Support for all members of our school family

TTrust in each other and the Lord our God


K Kindness to all and the world around us

N – Nurturing a school culture of forgiveness – knowing what it is and why it is important.

O – Offering our help to those in need and seeking justice for all

L – Learning to recognise our emotions and to handle them effectively

L – Love for our friends, family and the school community


School Vision 


As the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke ch10) teaches us, everyone is our neighbour and that we should love and care for all. This is the philosophy that underpins our school vision and values of Hope, Trust, Justice, Forgiveness and Kindness. Through these values, we seek to be the living embodiment of the Parable of the Good Samaritan; the children are taught to think of others, think about how their words and actions have an impact on others and what they can do to make the world around them a better place.


Core Values


Justice – Children are taught to take responsibility for their actions and understand how to 'put things right'. They know they will be treated fairly and are taught to do the same to all people they meet. 


Forgiveness – Children are taught that mistakes are part of learning and growing. They know that they will always be shown forgiveness and will be given chances to try again. We encourage them to show forgiveness to others and to treat them as they would want to be treated. 


Hope – Children are taught that hope brings optimism and that through hard work, we all have the chance to give ourselves better opportunities and experiences in life. 


Trust – Children learn to trust that the adults in school will care for them, keep them safe and will educate them. They know that all adults want the best for them and that they will always do the best they can to help and support them. 


Kindness - Children are taught to be open, welcoming and respectful. They recognise that our differences make us the people we are and help us to understand each other better. 


Our values and ethos are drawn together in our school prayer:


'This is our school, 

Let truth and justice live here, 

Let the rooms be full of hope. 

Let love and forgiveness grow, 

Love of life itself and love of God. 

Let us remember, that as many hands build a house, 

Many hearts make a school.