Our Vision, Ethos & Values
Our school vision is has deeply embedded biblical roots at the heart of our foundation. We believe that every person has their own role to play in helping to create a peaceful and just society and we encourage our pupils, staff and parents to recognise and give thanks for their own individual gifts and talents. By having self-belief, each person can use their gifts and talents to help themselves and the whole society flourish. As stated in the document, “The Fruit of the Spirit: A Church of England Discussion Paper on Character Education,
“We see the ultimate purpose of education as the promotion of “life in all its fullness.” Education is about more than just producing increasingly efficient economic units: it is about developing people who can flourish in all areas of their lives. Character education is essential to this.”
Our School Motto: “Jesus is Immanuel – God with us.”
“Immanuel – God with us” is the Immanuel and St Andrew School motto that underpins the school values and mission statement. This truth is central to the core belief of the school community and extends beyond. The name Immanuel first originates in the Hebrew language in the Old Testament book of Isaiah (7:14) where it is prophesied that “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” This verse is transliterated into the Greek language (Ἐμμανουήλ) in the New Testament book of Matthew (1:23), “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” – which means, “God with us.” The prophecy highlights Jesus as the chosen one to represent God’s presence with us. He fulfils prophecy by saving people from their sin and brings us the hope of salvation. Immanuel and St Andrew has a diverse, multi-faith and non-faith community. The school choses to explore the truth of “God with us” to show God’s love to all.
"Excellence for all. Excellence from all"
As God is present with us and gave us His best, we offer up our lives as an offering to him and giving Him our best through excellence to the glory of His name. We are committed to a standard of excellence at Immanuel from all members of our school community.
“Character education equips young people to grow in wisdom, hope, community and dignity and is shaped by an understanding of God at work in the world, present and active in shaping each individual’s developmental story. It is fundamental to the pursuit of academic excellence, and stands at the heart of all aspirational teaching, learning and pastoral care.” (Leadership of Character Education, CEFL)
Our vision starts out with our Christian values, from which all else flows, working together to create an environment of “Excellence for all. Excellence from all”.
Within our academically high-achieving environment, we enable all to flourish and grow as individuals, developing their personal skills and abilities, talents, characters, spirituality and faith.
We believe all are called to use these gifts and abilities for the good of our whole community.
Our School strives to be a centre of excellence where we nurture and value the uniqueness of every child as we truly believe “Jesus is Immanuel - God with us”.
We feel that if our pupils leave Immanuel & St Andrew Primary School, having established these foundations, they will fulfil every aspect of their potential and grow into effective citizens, ready to play their part in the world.
At Immanuel and St Andrew Primary School we believe in the key Christian values of Love, Respect, Perseverance, Peace, Forgiveness, Kindness, Thankfulness, Honesty, Trust, Courage, Hope, Joy and Friendship. We encourage our children to adopt these values and to leave the world a better place because of what they themselves will be able to contribute.