Our school vision and values:
Our Church School is a warm and welcoming place where everyone is valued. The open, friendly atmosphere provides a secure and safe environment where all can succeed. We foster positive attitudes, good social skills and an enthusiasm for learning, embraced by the Christian framework.
Children and staff have created the school values of: love, happiness, trust, peace, truth, teamwork, respect and dedication which we are really proud of and try to live by.
Each value has been carefully considered, and is applied to our daily life at Stanley St Andrew’s:
Happiness: "The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving." (Psalm 28:7)
Peace: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” God. (Matthew 5:9)
Truth: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (John 1:8)
Respect: “Treat others as you want to be treated.” (Luke 6:31)
Teamwork: “If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:10)
Dedication: "So I have also dedicated him to the LORD; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the LORD” (Samuel 1:28)
Trust: “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Pslams 9:10)
Love: “Do everything with love.” (Corinthians 16:14)
In all that we do we refer to our values as this helps us to think, act and reflect upon our actions within our school and wider daily lives. We endeavor to meet the holistic needs of all our children. At Stanley St Andrew’s we hold mental health at the heart of everything we do, ensuring that both children and staff alike have the opportunity to stop and reflect, as well as discussing how they are feeling.
The school works hard with the local community to ensure that we live well together and support each other in our village. We have close links with the church, post office, pub and the village pre-school; these relationships enable us to help to prepare our children to be good citizens. Our children visit the elderly where they serve refreshments and entertain them with singing and conversation. The village pre-school visits school on a monthly basis to use the facilities and to become familiar with how school operates. This encourages all our children to build interpersonal relationships with each other and staff. It also provides the chance to develop early relationships with potential parents as they have had experience of our Christian school family and school ethos which helps support the process of applying for primary schools.
Our wider community includes our link school in India, in partnership with Derby Diocese and the CRS (Cathedral Relief Service). Staff have made annual visits to Dum Dum for several years to share expertise with colleagues in India, helping to develop their teaching skills, whilst also sharing cultural experiences between our school and theirs.
Our school is part of a collaboration of small local schools which was set up on 2017. This Skylark group gives us the opportunity as professional to work together and share training, strategic development of our schools and dialogue. Teachers and teaching assistants have developed relationships in order to help support their roles within each school. Shared INSET has made an impact upon staff knowledge through training and moderation across the curriculum. We continue to make improvements for our collaboration family by providing opportunities for children to share their learning journeys through sports activities, arts and leadership roles.