Our Vision and Values
CHALLENGE DISCOVER SUCCEED
Our children challenge themselves to be the best that they can be and challenge everyone to make the world a better place; discover more every day about themselves and the world around them; experience and celebrate their own and other peoples’ successes.
All of the work we do at Thorverton School is underpinned by our five School Christian Values of Love, Hope, Dignity, Wisdom and Community. We believe that these values help us all to grow together, becoming the best that we can be.
In a creative, caring environment, we all support and challenge each other to develop confidence and independence. As active global citizens, we are inspired to discover and succeed in lifelong learning.
Life in all its fullness John 10.10
Our school is part of the Exe Valley Federation which includes community and church schools. We have worked together to develop a shared vision and as a family of Church Schools within it we have drawn on the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13 v 1 to 9 to support children's understanding of what it means to live life in all its fullness. This story reflects our rural context as village schools.
"At about that same time Jesus left the house and sat on the beach. In not time at all a crowd gathered along the shoreline, forcing him to get into a boat. Using the boat as a pulpit, he addressed his congregation, telling stories. "What do you make of this? A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road, and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn't put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled by the weeds. Some fell on good earth, and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.
When anyone hears the news of the kingdom and doesn't take it in, it just remains on the surface, and so the Evil One comes along and plucks it right out of that person's heart. This is the seed the the farmer scatters on the road. The cast in the gravel - this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm. But there is no soil of character, and so when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it. The seed cast in the weeds is the person who hears the kingdom news, but weeds of worry and illusions about getting more and wanting everything under the sun strangle what was heard, and nothing comes of it. The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News."
Just as a seed needs fertile ground to grow, we work with our community to create the right environment for children to flourish. We see this in the way we create a learning environment where every person is respected and valued with all their differences. We challenge ourselves to expand our horizons and to become responsible global stewards.
We provide rich opportunities for everyone to discover their gifts and talents and their unique place within the world. We help each other to discover our potential, make wise choices and build resilience when facing struggles. We consider the needs of the whole child as he or she develops; emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.
Our aspiration is that we find joy in learning and build on our successes. We encourage everyone to recognise and celebrate their own and each other's efforts and achievements. We inspire each other to be courageous, to be the best we can and to face new challenges together.