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Draycott and Rodney Stoke CE First School

Aims & Ethos


Mission Statement

Underpinned by a Christian ethos, Draycott and Rodney Stoke Church of England First School is a nurturing environment where children flourish academically, spiritually and socially.  Children are resilient, independent, valued learners who engage with our local and wider communities as respectful and confident young people.


Our Christian Values

‘Serve one another in love’ (Galatians 5-13)

‘My God is my strength in whom I trust’ (Psalm 18.2)
‘Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3.12)

‘Do to others as you would have them do to you.’ (Matthew 7.12)

Always be thankful (1 Thessalonians 5.16)

‘You are never too small to make a difference’ (Greta Thunberg)


Our Aims

At Shipham Church of England First School we are committed to the following aims:

  • to establish a community in which every member is valued and respected
  • to welcome all children.
  • to promote self-discipline, good manners and a sense of responsibility
  • to provide a broad, balanced and well-structured curriculum in accordance with the National Curriculum
  • to promote an enjoyment of learning and develop independent learners with enquiring minds
  • to promote understanding and respect for the Christian faith and for the spiritual, cultural and moral values of others
  • to establish and maintain positive partnerships between home and school, the Church, other local schools and the wider community
  • to create a positive, happy, safe and stimulating environment


Our Ethos

We want our children to:

  • achieve high standards across the curriculum
  • take responsibility for their own learning and actions
  • respect and value other people, the world in which they live and themselves
  • have the skills, knowledge and understanding to be able to make choices in the changing world
  • have enquiring minds and the motivation to learn
  • have good social skills and be able to communicate well
  • extend themselves in mind, body and spirit


Everyone at Draycott & Rodney Stoke Church of England First School is committed to creating a caring atmosphere in which each child may reach the highest possible standards in all aspects of their work. It is important for each child to have confidence in him or her self, and we nurture this through positive encouragement and celebration of achievement at all levels.


Learning should be both challenging and enjoyable, and we offer a wide range of activities and opportunities to suit each child. We also place great emphasis on the development of personal and social skills and positive attitudes, so that children learn what it means to be caring and responsible members of the community. This sense of community, and the importance of everyone’s contribution within it, is an essential part of your child’s experience at our school.

Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.

Our Aims

Draycott & Rodney Stoke First School promotes high achievement and learning for life by working with children to:

  • Develop an understanding of the Christian faith
  • Seek to extend them in mind, body and spirit
  • Develop enquiring minds and a spirit of curiosity
  • Have high self esteem, respecting themselves, others and the environment
  • Develop positive relationships with others
  • Be able to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Use language and numbers effectively in their everyday lives
  • Achieve high standards in all areas of the curriculum
  • Be flexible and adaptable for the modern world
  • Promote their own good health and physical well being


Our Ethos

The school aims to serve its community by providing education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.


We believe that each child will succeed through experiencing quality, so we strive to create:

  • Learning partnerships between school, home, church, and community
  • An ethos of support, challenge and encouragement to succeed
  • A broad and challenging curriculum
  • Imaginative teaching in a stimulating and organised learning environment
  • A rich and varied range of learning resources including up-to-date information technology
  • An enriching programme of extra curricular activities and visits