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Visions and Values

 At Bishop Henderson Church of England Primary School we believe that every child should be given the chance to flourish, ensuring that they get the best start in life, which enables them to choose a path of their choice. 

Our school combines a high standard of learning with a meaningful attitude towards wellbeing that ensures that our children are well-rounded individuals, able to connect with an ever-changing world.

The schools Christian Values of Courage, Compassion and Creativity are deep-rooted in our day-to-day practise and there is a clear emphasis for children developing their own spirituality based on their own beliefs.

We are proud of our school motto of:

With courage, we flourish

With compassion, we  love

With creativity, we learn 


This reflects the teachings of Jesus, in particular the story of the Samaritan.

 On one occasion, an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.  The next day, he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

In this parable, we see courage in the good Samaritan as he ignores, not only the risk to himself from the robbers, but also ignores the perception that the Sarmatians and the Jews have of each other. This results in Saramation flourishing as an individual and embracing the goodness in others.

In terms of compassion, the Sarmatian demonstrates this to the man from Jerusalem, by tending to his wounds, taking him somewhere safe and caring for him until he was well enough to travel.

Finally, the creativity element comes in the parable itself and the way Jesus was able to teach through metaphors. This creative element to teaching ensured that his followers were able to learn the important messages he was trying to teach.  

For more in-depth information on each of our values can be found below.