OUR SCHOOL VISION
'A loving branch from which to soar.'
This is our school vision which underpins our whole school ethos.
Our Christian vision is embedded in the biblical teaching, of Isaiah 40:31 -
Those who hope in The Lord will find new strength;
They will soar high on wings like eagles;
They will run and not grow weary;
They will walk and not be faint.
We believe that we are all filled with the inner strength to soar high. We encourage children to discover their natural talents and allow their passions to flourish. We support them and guide them as they develop the character, confidence and self-esteem to become the very best of themselves.
As our children set out on the adventure of a lifetime it is up to us, their school family, to make sure that each and every one of them has the courage and resilience to follow their dreams. When we talk about hopes and aspirations we believe that our individual happiness is intrinsically linked to the happiness of those around us. We grow our wings of kindness collectively so that we can all fly high together to make the world a better place.
Our vision statement is not just intended for the children but is a promise which we all make to each other; children, teachers, parents, family and community. We are all going on this adventure together and we wouldn't have it any other way.
OUR SCHOOL VALUES
Within our school family we nurture empowerment and resilience. Together, with God's strength, we move forwards with courage and thanks as we learn collectively with kindness and respect. This is how we soar high like eagles.
Whaley Bridge Parish: One parish, one congregation, two church buildings
We are proud to be part of the Church of England Parish of Whaley Bridge in the Diocese of Chester: a Parish with two churches where we worship.
St James Church is the heart of Taxal, a hamlet a mile or so out of Whaley Bridge. There has been a church on this site since 1286, and a memorial slab of slate in the chancel records the name of Roger Jaudrell, who fought at Agincourt. The church is a favourite venue for weddings. it also has a beautiful and extensive churchyard.
Holy Trinity Chruch on Buxton Road in Whaley Bridge dates from the early 20th century and the building has been re-ordered to create a flexible, multi-purpose space used by a number of community groups, as well as being in regular use for worship.
Church leaders are part of our school family and visit us regularly to lead worship in school and take an active part in school life.
Click here to visit the family page of the parish website.
Our Christian Distinctiveness
Our staff, governors and trustees are committed to providing an excellent education within the context of the Christian faith, which is underpinned by the Chester Diocese syllabus. We value all children as ‘children of God’ and welcome them into our caring, happy and safe Church of England school family.
Our vision enables and inspires those we serve to achieve their goals and aspirations. We accomplish this through our unwavering Christian ethos, which permeates all that we do, as we value every member of our school community regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or faith.
Collective Worship at Kettleshulme St James:
Collective worship is about a school’s duty to develop pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. This may include learning about interesting cultural traditions and their meaning, listening to stories with a moral message and reflecting on themes such as strength, courage or loyalty. Collective worship should draw pupils’ attention to the values the school wishes to develop both as a body and in each individual. Collective worship is about the growth of the person, their character and social outlook, whatever their academic aptitudes.
Worship is a time where we come together to share our love of God and celebrate our achievements together. All the contributions of staff, pupils, church clergy and other visitors are valued highly.
Worship is when we meet to acknowledge and reflect on God’s word and the teachings of Jesus.
Collective Worship takes place daily and is planned on a termly basis to incorporate all major Christian festivals as well as thought provoking and reflective themes. The children start each Collective Worship by lighting a candle as a visual reminder of the Holy Spirit with us. Collective Worship includes reflection, prayer, music and reference to a relevant biblical passage.