Vision and values
Opinions were gathered from parents, children, staff and Governors on what was valued by our school and what each group felt was important for the future. With this information, Governors have looked carefully at both the school’s mission statement and the values that underpin all that we do.
Mission statement - ‘Wisdom and wonder’
Feedback from parents about the school’s mission statement ‘wisdom and wonder’ was overwhelmingly positive. All of our stakeholders feel that these two words encapsulate the mission of Winkfield St Mary’s; they both have multiple meanings and interpretations (see below), which reflect the complexity and diversity of the school aims.
Wisdom, of course, includes all of the academic learning in school, and children will cover a wide range of subject and ideas during their time in school. Winkfield St Mary’s strives for excellent attainment for all children.
However being wise is not the same as being smart or clever, and it can include numerous other areas such as: common sense, being ‘people smart’, thinking deeply, making good choices and understanding how things work, to name but a few.
At Winkfield St Mary’s it is our mission to promote wisdom in all its forms so that our children are well equipped for the future.
‘Wonder’ also has numerous connotations with rich meaning. Our mission is to develop children who wonder. Who wonder, for example, about why things are as they are, about how they could make a difference, about God and the wonderful world we live in, and about how their learning links together. It reflects deeper thinking on an academic, social and spiritual level which the school aims to inspire.
At Winkfield St Mary’s it is our mission to develop wonder in all its forms so that our children’s lives are enriched and deepened.
Feedback from parents, children, staff and governors presented a clear, shared view on the values that are most important to our community. As Governors brought these ideas together, we felt that just as ‘wisdom and wonder’ has multiple layers of meaning, so do our values. In leaving them as single words, we hope that you will reflect on the many aspects of each word without the need for copious explanation.
Instead, we have taken all of the suggested words which are connected to each value and created some word art to show the richness of each one. As we move forward, these will be illustrated with examples from our school life which demonstrate an aspect of each core value in action. In this way we seek to keep the values alive and ever-changing in their interpretation.
To help our core values to be memorable, we have arranged them into an acrostic which binds them all together – REACH. The word ‘reach’ suggests ambition, compassion, community, action, being on a journey together and many other ideas which we will enjoy exploring with the children over the coming year.