As a Christian school, rooted in the teachings, values and spiritual life of the Church of England, we aim to:
- Provide education which creates a lifelong love of learning
- Develop an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and Christian values
- Inspire children through an enriched and broad curriculum, which develops lively and enquiring minds
- Foster a sense of respect, responsibility and aspiration
- Nurture a safe and happy environment for children to learn and play together
- Work with parents and families
- Ensure the contributions of all members of the school community are valued
- Promote a healthy lifestyle
The staff and governors believe that to achieve these aims there has to be a strong partnership between us all. In fulfilling our aspirations for your children, we believe that they will establish a foundation for lifelong learning.
Tackley Church of England Primary School have adopted six core Christian values as outlined below. These values form an integral part of everything we do at Tackley to ensure that children are taught in an environment with a strong Christian ethos.
Each term a value along with our Learning Powers are the focus of our collective worship led by members of staff and Reverend Marcus Green from St. Nicholas’ Church.
Jesus said: “Father, forgive them.” Luke 23.34
Forgiveness is at the very heart of Christian faith. It lies at the core of the Lord’s prayer – where Jesus makes clear that forgiving others is tied to our ability to receive God’s forgiveness. Forgiveness is God’s great gift to us; we are to treasure this gift, but never to be selfish with it. It is a gift that grows the more we share it out.
Sometimes, forgiving others can be hard; Jesus makes it a command in order that we forgive always – and so the blessing continues even at life’s hardest moments.
Jesus said: “By their fruit you will know them.” Matthew 7.16
Honesty is about telling the truth – saying what we mean, and meaning what we say.
But that’s the easy bit. Everyone knows they should tell the truth, and that if they don’t, in the end people will stop trusting them.
Jesus makes honesty not just about our words – what we say – but about our lives – how we live. Never promise more than you can deliver, says Jesus; and always try to deliver more than you promise. Then the fruit of your life will honestly blow people away.
Jesus said: “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9.35
We are all used to caring for our own interests – to looking after number one. But Jesus asks us to think differently. Because God loves us, we can afford to love each other, to put other people first. We should look out for others, serve them, make sure that they too get all they deserve. This is humility, not putting our own needs at the top of the list, but making sure our friends and those around us have someone who will shout out for them. They are people, loved by God, and we should value that enormously.
We trust that Jesus is shouting in our corner; and maybe some of our friends will too.
Jesus said: “You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love you enemies…that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5.43-44
We all have differences. Some of us like chocolate, some of us like fruit. Some of us like blue, some of us like red. Some of us like maths, some of us love to read.
There are people we get on with, and people who are very different from us, who we struggle to understand. It’s always been like this. Jesus’ command is that we allow each other to be different – even enjoying the things that make us so varied – and then go a step further. We recognise that even when we disagree, even when we have totally separate ideas and ways of doing things, we are all still people. Valuable. Loved by God and worthy of being loved by each other.
Jesus said: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28.18-20
Everything we do has consequences. Everything we do affects someone else. Everything we do can change the world for better – or for worse. Jesus said that we should go and take his message so that the world becomes a better place, a place filled with love, a place where all are equal and where all respect each other even when we are very different. A place where forgiveness beats getting even every time.
We have the responsibility to understand that our words and actions change the world around us, and the choice to make sure that that change is always for the better.
‘While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: “Take it, this is my body”.’ Mark 14.22
We learn from our earliest days to say thank you when someone does something nice for us: if we receive a present, or if someone helps us when we are struggling, we always say thank you.
Jesus pushes this much further. When he was about to face his hardest time, he took bread and thanked God – for all that was past, for all that was to come, and for the deep truth that through everything (whether it felt good or bad) God was with him. Jesus taught us that we should always be thankful, and that hearts that learn to live like this learn to bless everyone around them in amazing ways.