Vision and values

During 2021-2022, a working group with representatives from our staff, governors and parents was formed to review Emmanuel’s school vision and values.  The working group were keen to ensure our vision and values are aspirational, robust and will shape policies, actions and development plans so that all children and adults flourish in our wonderful school community for years to come.

Following approval from the governors, our new school vision is:

From Alpha to Omega – life in all its fullness. (John 10:10)

Inspired by the parable of The Good Shepherd in John’s gospel and the Church of England’s vision for education, we believe this offers a vision of human flourishing for all, which embraces excellence and academic rigour but sets them in a wider framework. At Emmanuel, we want our children to excel in the core subjects of Reading, Writing and Maths and to also experience the whole breadth of the curriculum; whether that may be in History, Art, Music or PE to name but a few subjects. However, we are equally passionate about the spiritual, physical, emotional, moral and social development of children and know that it is often learning in these areas that ensures children are ready for the next stage of education and life beyond. Furthermore, whilst rooted in Christian theology, the vision is hospitable to diversity, respects freedom of religion and belief, and encourages others to contribute from the depths of their own traditions and understandings.

‘From Alpha to Omega’, shows our intention for children to experience ‘life in all its fullness’ from the moment they step into the Alpha building in Nursery or Reception until the day they leave us in Year 6 from the Omega building. In addition, Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet and is often interpreted as ‘until the end’, which demonstrates our aspiration for our children and families to continue to have ‘life in all its fullness’ after they leave Emmanuel too.

The working party went on to discuss the values which would help us uphold our school vision and decided to streamline the number of Christian and learning values that are woven into the very fabric of the school so they can be meaningfully lived out each day.

With that in mind, our six school values are:

Value Bible quote Bible reference
Respect “Do to others what you would have them do to you” Matthew 7:12
Service Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. John 13:12-14
Resilience So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Wisdom All wisdom comes from God” Proverbs 2:6
Forgiveness “Forgive us for doing wrong, as we forgive others” Matthew 6:12
Joy Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Thessalonians 5:16-18

In celebration worship on a Friday, two children from each class are rewarded for showing our school vision during that week; their names are published in the weekly newsletter and a certificate is also sent home.

From the school’s foundation in 1845, we have maintained very close links to Emmanuel Church.  A member of the clergy leads a school Eucharist in Church once a week and the children participate in church services throughout the year.  Please visit Emmanuel Church’s website here: