St John’s School - Vision Statement Proposal and final Vision Statement
The school is in need of a new Vision Statement, so as to comply with requirements set out under the SIAMS Evaluation Schedule.
A vision statement should reflect two yet linked principles: where we are as a school, and where we wish to be. A statement should therefore combine a sense of the school’s current status and its aspirations.
It is vital that a school’s vision statement is not dreamed up by an isolated committee, but is the product of what those who are a part of the community are able to articulate about it.
The process of producing a vision statement for the school has therefore involved pupils, parents, staff, and governors. Given the very large numbers in two of these groups, this has had to be a small number of pupils and parents.
All groups were asked to respond to three main questions:
- What do you most value about the school?
- What would be most like for the school’s future?
- How do we want members of the school to feel?
A huge number of ideas were discussed, all of which were noted and explored.
After these meetings, a further meeting which included staff, parents, governors and pupils all together, where we examined the responses from all the previous conversations, and sought to identify the most common and important themes.
The following were judged to be the most recurring and important themes:
- The school’s size and location, as it means that it feels like a community where everyone is known, valued, and cherished.
- Feeling safe.
- Being a supportive environment for all.
- Helping pupils to flourish beyond academic interests, and to develop their gifts. Pupils felt that they already enjoyed extra-curricular opportunities, and would welcome to the chance to enjoy more.
- Having a distinctly, authentically Christian environment, where Kingdom values (i.e. those ways of living that Christ encourages us to follow) are taught and lived.
Scriptural verses were also considered, and Jeremiah 29.11 spoke particularly to those present:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Vision Statement Proposal
This work has been distilled into the following proposed Vision Statement, which has two parts:
- A strap line
- A short paragraph
The proposal features a few options for a tag line. It’s important that a phrase like this has a melodic cadence – act with caution in trying to create a mixture of two of them together!
Proposed Strap Line
‘To flourish as we grow in God’s Kingdom’
‘Flourishing as we grow in God’s Kingdom’
‘Growing and knowing God’s Kingdom’
‘Thriving and learning as we build God’s Kingdom’
‘Thriving and learning as we grow in God’s Kingdom’
‘Learning and flourishing; in our community, in God’s Kingdom’
Proposed Vision Statement
“At St John’s we desire that everyone may grow and flourish. Our small school is a nurturing community where young people can develop their gifts and broaden their horizons. We seek to do all this within the knowledge and love of God, where the values of His Kingdom guide us and inspire us.”
Having discussed this at our Governing Body meeting we agreed that we wanted to change the word ‘desire’ to ‘want’ as we wanted everyone to achieve this.
A Biblical quotation has been chosen to reflect upon the settled statement wording.
Adopted Vision Statement
with Strap Line and Supporting Scriptural Passage
At St. John’s we want everyone to grow and flourish. Our small school is a nurturing community where we can develop our gifts and broaden our horizons. We seek to do all this within the knowledge and love of God, where the values of His Kingdom guide and inspire us.”
‘Thriving and learning as we build God’s Kingdom’
‘I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.’ - Ephesians 3.16-18
Our school values
Father Peter and Mr. Ezel worked with Emerald Class in discussing what they felt should be our core values for this year. The pupils felt that we should keep respect and friendship from last year but they felt that actually determination should replace endurance this year. There was a very interesting and thoughtful discussion around the importance of both wisdom and humility, we need to have the wisdom to make the right decisions and being humble is very important, that we are no afraid to ask for help or admit if we have made a mistake or done something wrong. The pupils felt that the importance of striving for peace in our world is so significant in ensuring that everyone feels safe and secure. Therefore, they felt that the entire community of St. John’s School should have this as a core value so that we can play an important part in striving to achieve this.
Our school values help us…
to make friendships,
to respect everyone and everything,
to grow in wisdom,
to practise determination,
to show humility,
and to be at peace
School Values 2018 and supporting Bible verses:-
Jesus said ‘Love each other as I have loved you.’
‘Treat others as you want them to treat you.’
‘Be wise in the way you act.’
‘I can do all things through Christ because he gives me strength.’
‘God guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.’
‘Live in peace with everyone.’