Yatton Junior School was founded as a Church of England school. The school aims to provide an education of the highest quality within the contexts of Christian beliefs and practices.
Our Mission Statement is: To be an outstanding school, that promotes a life-long love of learning within a caring nurturing environment.
Our Aims: Building on our Christian foundation and ethos, we, in collaboration with parents and community, aim to:
- Achieve for academic excellence by providing a stimulating, creative, imaginative and broad curriculum which encourages independent thinking, risk-taking and enquiring minds.
- Foster a happy, secure and supportive environment in which all children are respectful of others and form strong, lasting friendships.
- Celebrate all children’s achievements in a wide variety of fields, raising self-esteem and a sense of pride.
- Uphold high standards of behaviour and nurture positive attitudes towards learning.
- Provide an environment where play is valued and children can be children.
- Strengthen our partnerships with parents, the local community and wider environments to promote social cohesion, self-awareness and opportunities for learning, equipping children for life in an ever-changing world.
- Develop a strong sense of identity and belonging so that all staff and children feel valued, enjoy coming to school and learning together.
- Respect the views of children and parents with different faiths or no faith.
We are very proud of our Church School distinctiveness. Our ethos is based around Christian Values such as forgiveness, respect, peace, justice, truthfulness, hope and courage and, of course, love which binds them altogether. These values form the basis of our collective worship and are apparent across the school in the way we learn and behave towards one another. They underpin all that we do. We also have special days of activities during the year when the whole school has a time to reflect on a particular Christian Value. We have an ‘Ethos Group’ consisting of parents, staff, governors and local worship leaders that meets regularly to evaluate and explore ways to further develop our Church School distinctiveness. We have also formed a Children’s Ethos Group to ensure that the children have a say in this self-evaluation process and they are involved in assisting and leading aspects of Collective Worship. We have close links with St Mary’s Church and other local churches. Worship leaders from the local community come in to lead services in school and the school celebrates key Christian festivals in St Mary’s. The children also visit the Church as part of the curriculum.
I learned about Friendship. Now I have more friends by being kind. (Y3 child)
I liked doing Forgiveness Day … actually made me think about fall outs with my friends. (Y4 child)
‘Courage’ gave me more belief in myself. (Y5 child)
Our Values make you question your behaviour and who you should forgive. (Y5 child)
The Values help make you more respectful. (Y6 child)
The School also feels very much supported by the Yatton Prayer Group who have regular contact with the Headteacher to pray for the school community and respond to the prayers placed in our prayer box by the children.
The Prayer Box:
“helps you think about other people and try to help others”. (Y3 child)
“helps ease any worries”. (Y4 child)
“makes me feel better”. (Y5 child)
We very much welcome your thoughts and ideas on how to further develop and enhance our Ethos and Church School distinctiveness. Please contact us with your views and suggestions!