St. Barnabas Church of England Primary School

Through our Christian ethos and values we hold dear, we are creating roots to grow and wings to fly

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Our vision and Ethos

Our Vision and Ethos

At St Barnabas we 'encourage one another and build each other up' (1 Thessalonians)

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St Barnabas Church of England Primary School


In Acts 4:36, Luke translates Barnabas to mean "son of encouragement" or "son of consolation." Originally named Joseph, the apostles gave him the name Barnabas meaning encouragement, consolation and comfort.

At St Barnabas, we educate, develop and support pupils within a school firmly based on Christian principles and our focus Christian values. As St Barnabas did, we aim to give each other encouragement and comfort. We are a nurturing and caring family who aim to wisely encourage and guide people in Christian love and hope so that all can flourish.

Our aims


  • To educate pupils intellectually, socially, morally, aesthetically, physically and spiritually within a school firmly based on Christian principles.
  • To enable pupils to discover and develop their talents and abilities to their full potential by setting positive and realistic goals. Creating a happy, safe and co-operative atmosphere that offers equality of opportunity whilst promoting a healthy lifestyle.
  • To promote Christian values within the school as exemplified by the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, at times specifically embracing the tenets of the Church of England; and to encourage in pupils a sense of commitment, self-reliance, responsibility, respect for others, a respect and understanding of other faiths and cultures, and a healthy self-esteem.
  • To establish and maintain a positive atmosphere within which pupils, parents, staff and governors are well informed; where staff have a clear understanding of their role and are committed to the full development of each pupil.
  • To utilise and develop the differing strengths of all members of staff (teachers, teaching assistants and non- teaching staff) to the benefit of the children and to use Performance Management as a tool for their own professional development, self-esteem and self-fulfilment.
  • To prepare children for life as citizens in the wider community beyond school, by study of and involvement in the local community and by encouraging parents, visitors, outside agencies and religious representatives into the school.
  • To maintain a well ordered and equipped building, using the space available to its full potential, encouraging an attractive and well cared for site; ensuring that adequate and proportional funding is available for resource provision and site maintenance.