Values & Ethos

Values & Ethos

‘Walk in the light of the Lord,’ is central to all that the school offers the children and community, and underpins the Christian Values of the school. We see ourselves as bringing light into the lives of the children and community, both in terms of sharing the love of God and a love of learning.  This light opens pathways to equip our children with the skills in life to enable them to become balanced, creative and successful individuals with a sense of purpose and destiny.

At Churchfield C.E.  Primary Academy we educate our children for the future, enabling them to develop as confident, independent, well-balanced individuals who care about their community and the wider world, and want to look after it. The children leave Churchfield with a life-long love of learning. The school prides itself on the support offered to all of our families.

Churchfield provides a friendly and caring community where pupils, parents, staff and governors work together to provide an environment where every child is able to fulfil their potential.

We are committed to providing a wide range of opportunities to inspire children, whatever their interests or talents. Children, teachers, and parents are enthused by our curriculum which aims to be challenging, diverse and exciting. We make learning fun and relevant. We make continuing investment in providing a stimulating and effective learning environment with recent projects including refurbishment of communal areas, the school hall and building a new entrance to the school.

Visitors to our school often comment on the friendly, calm and happy environment. We believe that we know every child as an individual, and place great importance on the establishment of strong and positive relationships with parents and carers.

Furthermore, the school recognises its place in the wider church body and has strong links with St Augustine’s church and the diocese. At Churchfield C.E. Primary Academy we aim to prepare our students to become good citizens of the future. Through our curriculum we teach pupils British values and how to celebrate diversity. We aim to raise their awareness of radicalisation and extremist views, whatever the source. We have adopted the principles and advice found in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019’ and the 2011 ‘Prevent Strategy’.

Safeguarding is at the core of all we do at Churchfield.  This page gives useful advice and links for parents and children, and will be regularly updated.

Alongside the Christian Values, the academy upholds and teaches the British Values, which form an important part of the day-to-day life of the academy.


We celebrate a different Christian Value every month.  The tabs below explain a bit more about each value.  Wording is taken from Christian Values 4 Schools.

The Christian understanding of hope illustrates how trivial our everyday use of the word can be.  We hope that it will not rain for the picnic, or that the car will start or that the plumber will come tomorrow.

At a deeper level, hope is a universal human phenomenon.  People hope for peace in time of war; food in time of famine; justice in time of oppression.  Where hope is lost there is despair and disintegration.  Hope generates energy and sustains people through difficult times.  For some people, hope is so strong that it inspires self-sacrifice to turn hope into reality.

True hope is much more than a general idea that things will get better.  It is more than a belief in progress, which sees the world and people as getting better all the time, growing away from violence, ignorance and confusion.  There has, of course, been genuine progress: in technology, in communications, in medical care and in the protection of people’s rights through the law.  Nevertheless, terror and oppression, death and disease, greed and self-serving still govern the lives of millions.  In the light of all this, belief in human progress looks facile and deluding.

Christian hope is grounded in the character of God.  Often, in the Psalms, the writer says to God:  ‘My hope is in you’.  It is a hope rooted in the love and faithfulness of God.  Hope is not wishful thinking but a firm assurance that God can be relied upon.  It does not remove the need for ‘waiting upon the Lord’ but there is underlying confidence that God is a ‘strong rock’ and one whose promises can be trusted.  The writer to the Hebrews describes the Christian hope as ‘an anchor for the soul, firm and secure’.  Even when experiencing exile, persecution, doubt or darkness, the Biblical writers trust in God’s ‘unfailing love’ and know that he will be true to his covenant promises.  That is the basis of their hope.

Hope is not always spontaneous or easy.  There is work to be done.  As well as trusting God, we have to develop qualities of steadfastness in our own character.

Paul says: ‘We know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.’ (Romans 5:3-4)
Hope is coupled with faith and love as one of the three most enduring gifts of the Spirit  (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Christian hope for the future has its guarantee in the resurrection of Jesus.  The prophets always spoke of a time to come when the whole world would be restored to God.  For Christians, Jesus’ death and resurrection has set this in motion.

Christian hope means trusting in the loving purposes of God: trusting that the foundations of the world are good because they spring from God.  It means believing that, ultimately, we are destined to share in that goodness because of what Jesus has done.  He had to pass through the ‘valley of the shadow of death’ but the victory has been won and our share in that victory is assured.

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