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Vision & Values

Our Vision

Our vision is about celebrating the uniqueness of every individual, inspiring a life long love of learning and experiencing life in all its fullness. It is rooted in John 13:34:

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”

Our school will be a place where:

  • Everyone feels safe, welcome and valued.
  • Everyone feels excitement, joy and challenge through developing their God-given gifts to achieve.
  • Everyone flourishes and excels, grows in character, faith and wisdom and develops hope and aspiration.
  • Everyone is equipped to move on in their journey with confidence, resilience and motivation.
  • In partnership with others we seek to serve and make a valuable contribution to God’s world.

Learning, loving and growing; together as God's children.


Why are we here? To Love One Another

Everything we do here at St Stephen's is done in and through love with our ultimate desire to be a loving family of God’s children. Where we all have a sense of belonging, are able to live abundant lives and where we feel empowered to impact change in God’s world.

In John 13:34, Jesus sums up Christian teaching in a couple of short, simple sentences:    

 “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”

At the end of the day, when all the lessons have been taught, when all the school values have been lived out, when all the worship songs have been sung, we are left with just one thing: love.

Whatever else St. Stephen’s CE Primary School is about – it must be a place of love: where people encounter the love of God for them, where people feel loved and accepted for who they are, without judgement, where people are free to express love for others and back to God.

Finally, when Jesus gave this commandment to love, it wasn’t at a random time in his ministry: the timing of this statement by Jesus was so important. Because Jesus gave this teaching to his disciples the night before he was crucified; it was his final teaching to them before he died, so he wasn’t going to waste time telling them stuff that isn’t important.

Instead, he is saying to them, “Before I die, this is what you really need to know: love one another…” It’s almost as if the three years of his ministry had been building up to this moment and he was saying to them, “In conclusion, this is what you need to remember…”

It’s all about love. To love in a way that Jesus taught us to love.

Our Values

Our Values

At St Stephen’s CE Primary School, we believe that a core set of distinctly Christian values add to the understanding, experiences and wellbeing of our learners – not just during their time in school but as they move on to become young adults and beyond. Our six Christian values are rooted in scripture and in the teachings of Jesus through Bible stories that our children can relate to and enjoy. Our values were established in the academic year of 2021-22 and after input and consideration from staff, parents and governors were voted on by our pupils, led by our school council. Our children believe that these 6 values are the ones that represent the way we want to live together and treat each other at our school.


Love is the value that underpins all others and there is so much of it at St Stephen’s. We know that we cannot live any of our other values without love and that it is central to the Bible and the teachings of Jesus. We always aim to love ourselves, love each other and love God and the world he created.

We learn about love through the story of The Good Samaritan.

‘Love one another: just as I have loved you’ John 13:34


Our learners know that to respect is to understand that everyone is different, created by God and that everyone should be treated with love and kindness. We want our children to respect themselves and their own unique contribution to their homes, schools and communities. Having self-respect means being able to celebrate our gifts and talents and looking after ourselves so that we can then do the same for others.

We learn about respect through the bible story Moses and the Burning Bush.

‘Encourage One Another and build each other up’ 1 Thessalonians 5:11


Thankfulness is key for our learners to live in a meaningful way with an understanding as to how fortunate we all are. Thankfulness is a wholehearted response that shows gratitude for the world we live in. We want to raise the consciousness of being thankful so that we do not take things for granted. At school, we try to be thankful in our words, our actions and our prayers.

We learn about thankfulness through the Bible story where Jesus heals ten men with leprosy.

‘The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I give thanks to him in song.’ Psalm 28:7


Forgiveness is a really important value to us at school as we know that everyone makes mistakes sometimes. The Bible says that God is abounding in love and forgives our sins. At St Stephen’s, our learners are taught and practice identifying times where we need to say sorry and how to forgive others who are not showing us love and respect.

We learn about forgiveness through the Bible story of Zacchaeus and the Tax Collector.

‘Be compassionate and kind to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you’ (Ephesians 4:32)


At St Stephen’s, we do not undervalue the impact of kindness. Kindness is more than smiling, being ‘nice’, it is truly loving others, as God loves us.

We learn about kindness each day through Bible stories and day to day living. We link it to our school rules and other Christian values.

 “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”  (Luke 6:31)


At St Stephen’s, we believe we can call God our friend because of the relationship made possible through Jesus. Friendship is important and links with all our other values under the overarching value of love.

We learn about friendship through the Bible story of Ruth and Naomi.

‘Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.’ (Ruth 1:16)