School Vision & Values
Ready, Respectful, Safe.
Together being the best that we can be in mind, body and spirit!
At Gayton and Middleton Primary Academies we work together in a Christian community to be ready to learn, respectful of everyone and safe to flourish. We challenge each other to be the best that we can be in mind, body and spirit to achieve more than we ever thought possible.
We came together as a school community to create our vision. With the help of our pupils we chose the following bible quote and passage to root our vision in biblical teachings.
Each class was tasked with finding a quote from the bible that linked to our core vision of ‘Ready, Respectful, Safe’. This quote from Matthew was a favourite from all of our pupils and staff.
“In everything, treat others the same way you want them to treat you”
We then tasked ourselves with finding a parable that resonated with our school communities. The parable of the Good Samaritan is a parable told by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.
Jesus tells the parable in response to an important question ‘Who is my neighbour?’
The neighbour figure in the parable is the man who shows mercy to the injured man.
This story demonstrates that everyone is our neighbour and we need to be ready to help our neighbours, respectful of our neighbours and safe with our neighbours. Regardless of their background or belief.
Jesus said ‘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.’
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
29 He asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”
30 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. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.33 But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] 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.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Our Academy Values
At Middleton our vision is centred on a commitment to excellence in learning and to high expectations. We aim to serve our community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice and promote Christian values through the experiences we offer to all our children.
We take a pride in offering strong pastoral support in a safe learning environment where every child and adult is valued and encouraged to achieve their full potential.
We aim to prepare every child for the challenge and changes of the future so they can achieve the highest standards in their personal development, building resilience and encouraging perseverance. The school will preserve and develop a religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with St. Mary’s Church.
We do this through:
Providing a rich learning experience that is based on our Christian values and promotes provision for children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development for all.
Challenging and inspiring our children to develop their intellectual curiosity and skills to become confident, independent and resilient learners who are well prepared for life beyond primary school.
Promoting being part of our school community, providing children with the opportunity to engage with the local community and the wider world in which we live.
Being good role models for children, emphasising respect and compassion for others and the world around us.
Providing a welcoming, safe and loving environment in which the children and all adults are valued.
We see all pupils, potential pupils, their parents and carers, and staff as of equal value:
- Whether or not they are disabled
- Whatever their ethnicity, culture, national origin or national status
- Whatever their gender and gender identity
- Whatever their religious and non-religious affiliation or faith background
- Whatever their sexual orientation
- Whatever their marital status
- Whether they are currently pregnant or have recently given birth
- Whether or not they have a connection with the forces community
- Whether or not they have refugee / asylum status
- Whether or not English is their first language
We recognise that treating people equally does not necessarily involve treating them all the same. We recognise that our policies, procedures and activities must not discriminate but must take account of diversity and the kinds of barriers and disadvantage that staff, parents/carers or pupils may face in relation to their protected characteristics:
Disability – we note that reasonable adjustments may need to be made
Gender (including transgender) – we recognise that girls and boys, men and women have different needs
Religion and belief – we note that reasonable requests in relation to religious observance and practice may need to be made and complied with
Ethnicity and race – we note that all have different experiences as a result of our ethnic and racial backgrounds
Age – we value the diversity in age of staff, parents and carers
Sexual orientation – we respect that individuals have the right to determine their own sexual identity and that they should not experience disadvantage as a result of their preference
Marital status – we recognise that our staff, parents and carers may make their own personal choices in respect of personal relationships and that they should not experience disadvantage as a result of the relationships they have
Pregnancy and maternity – we believe that our staff, parents and carers should not experience any unfair treatment