‘There are three things that last forever: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love’. Corinthians 13
Our school values were first established in 2008 and renewed in 2014. This has and will always be a community effort and we have been supported by the diocese on both occasions. We have six core values with three foundation values that permeate through all. These were inspired by the Apostle St Paul’s words, taken from Corinthians. We have built these values into the programme for collective worship, and much work has taken place with the children to help these to become increasingly understood as distinctively ‘Christian Values’.
Our six values:
- Wisdom –
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
Wisdom is often mistaken as cleverness but the two are very different traits. At Lisle Marsden, we teach our children to learn from life experience through guidance and restorative methods. Our expectation is that wisdom is modelled throughout the school. We encourage our children to make decisions, reflect on their choices, apply critical thinking and evaluate the consequences.
- Friendship –
if one falls down, a friend can lift him up.
We learn friendship through biblical teachings and encourage children to apply the way of Christ in their daily life. We reinforce through PHSE, and dedicated work on the values, the importance of friendship and respecting all.
- Respect –
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
At Lisle Marsden, we teach children to have respect for others and celebrate difference. We ensure the children have good knowledge of world faiths through our religious education. We expose children to discussions about marginalised or isolated members of our community and encourage them to discuss issues and ask questions so that they can gain a better understanding of the barriers and difficulties that people may face: this is achieved through PHSE, work on British values and many other curriculum areas. As a school community, we have high expectations that all members show one another respect including staff, parents, governors, partners and pupils.
- Trust –
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
We value and promote a school culture built upon trust. We invest our time to build meaningful relationships as a staff and with our children and God; We know our children and treat each one individually and this enables us to support everyone by providing a safe and secure environment for them thrive.
- Endurance –
Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;
As stated in our vision statement, we want children to be prepared to live life in all its fullness and part of that is the recognition that life is sometimes difficult and painful, and that it is important to show resilience. We teach children that there is always hope when we endure something that is hard and that they have the love of God and the school community to help them through.
Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
We must learn to forgive as God forgives us our trespasses. Forgiveness is an important value to demonstrate within our school community. It is human nature that we make mistakes and, that is when, we must ask and accept forgiveness. At Lisle Marsden, we adopt a restorative approach in our behaviour management by asking the children to reflect on their behaviour and find ways to make amends with all parties involved. By adopting this approach, the children grasp a better understanding of consequences and the impact of their actions; this proved to be successful in reducing incidents and demonstrating justice in a positive light.