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Hurst Knoll St James'

CE Primary School

Inspiring Faith and Learning for Life


Statement of values and ethos

Ethos, Mission & Vision Statements




It is our mission to provide the children with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to be a positive citizen in the world that they live in. We do this by providing a safe, caring and nurturing environment and a curriculum that builds upon prior knowledge and challenges their understanding. 


School Ethos and Values


At Hurst Knoll St. James', our core values - Trust, Justic, Hope, Forgiveness and Kindness - are the bedrocks upon which we build. We welcome children and families of all faiths and from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds in our Christian family. Every person is our neighbour and we want the best for all members of our school community and for everyone that we meet. 


Every day, we work to support our families and develop children who will make a positive contribution to the world in which they live. We want the children in our care to grow academically and as people and we do all that we can to facilitate this. 


We fully understand the area that we serve and know the importance that school has in the lives of the children. Our love, care and compassion provides the safety net and support they need to reach their potential and to be the best possbile version of themselves. 


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.