The Church's vision (Church of England Vision for Education, 2016) to enhance the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development of children has been emphasised through four basic elements:
With a focus on academic rigour and a rounded approach to personal development all encompassed in worship and practices that characterise our distinct community.
This is further supported by the Diocese of Gloucester's LIFE vison: "I have come that they may have LIFE, and have it to the full." (John 10:10)
Newnham St Peter's strapline, "Roots ~ Growth ~ Flight" is steeped in theological teaching. It draws upon 1 Corinthians 12:14-18, acknowledging the importance of every individual member of the school community for their individuality as well as what they have to offer. It also values everyone's unique potential through the parable of the mustard seed which appears in Matthew (13:31-32), Mark (4:30-32), and Luke (13:18-19) where one of the smallest seeds on earth grows large and becomes a source of food, rest, and shelter. This matches our vision where we value every individual as important, recognising everything that, through growth, they can achieve; not only for themselves but also for others.
At Newham St Peter's we promise to be:
A nurturing, inclusive school, rooted in Christian values, where everyone feels safe, grows and takes flight as valued members of the school, local, and global community.
We will deliver our vision by enabling:
The curiosity to question.
The confidence to challenge.
The resilience to be challenged.
& providing the knowledge and tools to succeed.
So that we may:
Ignite a life-long love of learning.
We will live our vision by:
Being valuable members of society.
Making meaningful contributions to the local and wider community.
Enriching the lives of others
Our vision is shared amongst our community in the form of six important life values. The values are "awarded" to pupils who have demonstrated them, in the form of a soft toy 'values owl' and certificate each week and celebrated in worship. These values embrace the Church of England's Vision for Education: Valuing All God's Children (2017) and the Church's stance on mental health and well-being (2018). The values are:
So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. (Romans 5:3-5)
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (Thessalonians 5:11)
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! (Psalm 95:2)