School Ethos, Values and Christian Distinctiveness

Our School Motto:
Christ at the Centre, Life to the Full

At Esher Church School our vision is based on John 10:10, where Jesus tells the people ‘I have come that they can have life and have it to the full’.  Our aim is to share that fullness of life that Jesus promised with everyone in our school community.

We have high expectations for our children’s achievements; we support them to be the best that they can be.  Underpinning this, we believe that education is as much about character development as it is about academic achievement.

Our Christian ethos encourages us to reflect on and live our lives based on Jesus’ teaching and our Christian values which can be summarised into four distinct words that the church of England uses to define its role within education: wisdom, hope, dignity and community.

Wisdom – ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’ John 14:6
We seek guidance to make wise choices and help one another do the same.We want to be positive role models and encourage one another to be the best they can be both in character and academic development.

Hope – ‘I have plans for you declares the Lord’ Jeremiah 29:11
We promote a growth mindset but understand that sometimes we can feel upset or weighed down by things. We take comfort in the promise that Jesus is always with us and that good can come from bad circumstances.

Dignity ‘Do to others what you would have them do to you’ Matthew 7:12
We promote an environment of respect, where we want to see equality and fairness. As all people are made in the image of God and therefore valued by Him, so we value one another and celebrate our differences.

Community – ‘Love one another as I have loved you’John 13:34
We seek to put others before ourselves by being kind, comforting and loving. We look for opportunities to encourage one another, recognising that we all have different needs and interests that make us unique.

We discuss these four values during collective worship and incorporate them into the children’s curriculum learning.  We also use them to ensure we have the highest expectations of behaviour.