School Ethos Values

We are a values-centred school where all are inspired to learn and achieve in a caring, Christian community.

We are Values-Centred

What does it mean to be valued-centred?

From the image you can see that children are at the heart of all that we do here at The Priory School. Each child, uniquely made in God’s image, merits the best we can give.

With the child at the centre, you can then see, rippling out from that, our values informing all that we try to achieve with them. Our core values, our key learning values (or learning attitudes) and our British values, which all lead to outstanding outcomes for the children. These outstanding outcomes were explained in the ‘school aims’ section and our school development plan explains how we intend to deliver them.

We have 4 core values as a school family; Love, Forgiveness, Respect and Aspiration.

core values

Aspiration at the Priory School means:

May He give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed. Psalm 20 v4

There is a spark of greatness inside everyone of us.  We strive for high standards and have high expectations in all that we do.

Love at the Priory School means: 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.  1 Corinthians 14 v4-8

It means that we always put the welfare of our children first and we encourage everyone in our school community to be ‘more kind than is necessary’, as Auggie in ‘Wonder’ so helpfully put it.

Forgiveness at the Priory School means:

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.Ephesians 4 v32

There are consequences for wrong actions and we need to learn from our mistakes, but we also move on from them.  Holding grudges only makes life more miserable. Saying sorry is important.  Accepting an apology is important.  Every day is a fresh start.

Respect at the Priory School means: 

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. Matthew 7 v12

We think and act in a way that shows we care for the well-being of others.  We think and act in a positive way about ourselves.  We take pride in our work, our appearance and our school.   We treat people who are different to us with respect.

All are inspired to Learn and Achieve

‘All’ at the Priory School means:

The use of the word all is significant. We want all members of the school community to feel inspired – not just children. The welfare of staff is important to us because we know that they often have the key to unlock a child’s potential, if they are empowered to do their job. Partnerships with parents, governors and volunteers enable powerful learning to take place.

By ‘all’ we also mean our disadvantaged and SEND pupils. It is our intention to be an inclusive learning community and that is why we have partnered with Linwood Special School in order to improve our provision.

‘Inspired’ at the Priory School means:

High standards are important as they will enable children to be the best that they can be. However, we have used the word ‘inspired’ because we want children to develop a life-long love of learning. Rote-learning and test preparation can be useful from time to time, but at the Priory School we want to give the children memorable and enjoyable first hand experiences across a range of subjects.

We want to celebrate those who excel at sport and music and friendship, as well as our authors and scientists and mathematicians.

We want to share with them the very best of what has been thought and said.

In a Caring, Christian Community

Community at the Priory School means:

One of the distinguishing marks of the Priory School is our caring community. Visitors often remark on the ‘family’ feel of the school. This is partly down to being a small school in the heart of Christchurch, but it is also intentional. Staff genuinely know and care for each child

Being a community we recognise that it takes all of us to support a child. Being a small school, we welcome working in partnership with others who can help us in achieving ‘outstanding outcomes’ for all children.

Christian at the Priory School means:

As a Church of England school for over 150 years, our Christian heritage and ethos is part of our DNA. We welcome families of all faiths and none to become part of our school family. We long to serve the common good. We also recognise the important role that Christianity plays in shaping our school culture and calendar.

We value our close connection with the Priory Church in Christchurch, and in particular the ministry team. We maintain the tradition of a daily act of worship and love sharing stories from the Bible. We also like to remember celebrations from other faiths and events in our national life. We want to make a positive difference in our community e.g. our care home visits

In line with the Church of England’s vision statement, we believe that our Christian foundations enable us to:

Educate for wisdom, knowledge and skills: enabling discipline, confidence and delight in seeking wisdom and knowledge, and developing talents in all areas of life.

Educate for hope and aspiration: enabling healing, repair and renewal, coping wisely when things go wrong, opening horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them.

Educate for community and living well together: a core focus on relationships, participation in communities and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.

Educate for dignity and respect: the basic principle of respect for the value and preciousness of each person, treating each person as a unique individual of inherent worth.

‘I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness.’ John 10:10



Learning together, aiming high

Our motto is currently ‘Learning together, aiming high’. We remember that powerful learning happens when it is done in relationship and in partnership with others. It is also a recognition that the school is learning to do things better. We have put the emphasis on ‘aiming high’ in this chapter of the school’s life as we seek to rapidly improve and raise outcomes for all.