Our Christian Values

From the smallest seeds grow the greatest shrubs

Matthew 13:32

Through our Christian ethos, our core values are: Respect, Optimism, Wisdom, Determination, Enthusiasm and Love. These values are built into the ethos and teaching of the school and are modelled by everyone who works at Rowde CofE Primary Academy. We also teach the children about the importance of British values, including democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty. 

At the start of every new term we have a launch collective worship session for each value to bring it into sharp focus for the weeks ahead. These are led by different members of the Rowde team at the beginning of the week and are followed by Reverend Ruth and the Open the Book team from St Matthews Church in Rowde.  

We display the termly value in all of our classrooms using images and quotes, from the Bible and elsewhere, to help the children fully understand what they mean and how they link to their own lives. Each class builds up a floor book illustrating how these values have been developed through different aspects of class life. 

Our values are the foundations of our behaviour policy, and we use them to talk to the children about their actions, to help them understand consequences. This supports the children in making changes and choices to ensure they are following our values within school and in their own lives at home. Everyone understands that “We are Rowde”. 

We celebrate each value with a special award ceremony every half term. One child from each class is nominated by their peers to receive the award for the focus value. Their parents are invited to attend, and the whole school community gathers to celebrate the great achievements of the half term.