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


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.

Our aims

  • To educate pupils within a school firmly based on Christian principles.
  • To enable pupils to reach their full potential.
  • To create a happy, safe and co-operative atmosphere that offers equality of opportunity.
  • To promote Christian values as exemplified by the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.
  • To encourage in pupils respect for others, a respect and understanding of other faiths and cultures.
  • To prepare children for life in the wider community beyond schooL


Our Ethos drivers

At St Barnabas our curriculum is driven by our Blue Sky drivers 

B - brave – At St Barnabas, we are brave in the face of difficulties and struggles we hold our beliefs and values bravely.

For Christians 'having courage' or 'strength to carry on' is linked to faith in God's promises - promises of God's presence, protection and power. Famously Joshua, when taking over from Moses in the Old Testament, hears God say:

'Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go' Joshua 1:9 (NIV).

L - Legacy – We live well in God’s light. As Christians we believe we are caretakers of God’s earth and that we should live a life exemplified by the values in the teaching of Jesus Christ

“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” Genesis 2:15

U - Universal - We believe that everyone should feel welcomed and valued and that all children of all faiths and no faith should be included and represented at our school so that everyone can grow.

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12

E – Excellence - Christian hope is grounded in the character of God.  Often, in the Psalms, the writer says to God:  ‘My hope is in you’.

Through the teachings of Jesus and our Christian values, we aim for excellence in all we do and our relationship with others.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.” Colossians 3:23

S- Spiritual - Through our exploration of the teaching of Jesus, the world around us and big questions about faith, life and death we develop or spirituality and reverence along with a profound respect of God.

“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25

K - Knowledge - By developing experiences and through the exploration of our Christian values we aim to develop wisdom and knowledge of the world, faith and our own and others’ beliefs.

“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,” Proverbs 1:5

Y- Youthfulness -  We seek to see the world with awe and wonder and develop our respect for God and faith as well as each other.

“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” Timothy 4:12