Vision, Ethos and Values 

Our Vision

Aligned to our Christian foundation, our vision is driven by our belief that everyone has the potential to succeed and was developed through conversations with members of the school community and through observing school life.

Living, Learning and Growing Together

Through living, learning and growing together we nurture each individual’s uniqueness and potential so that they may enjoy life in all its fullness.

John 10:10

This reflects our ethos which hinges around our ‘family feel’ school at the heart of our community. Rev Judith Abbott, Associate Priest to the Benefice, joined school leaders to select three Bible stories to underpin our vision.

  • Living Together – The Lost Sheep
  • Learning Together – Jesus and Zaccheus
  • Growing Together – Feeding the 5000 

Our Ethos

At Thorncombe St Mary’s we believe passionately that everyone has the potential to succeed.

We are committed to providing and developing a positive, safe and stimulating learning environment underpinned by our core Christian values. As a fully inclusive school, everyone can learn and grow feeling uniquely valued and nurtured.

We aim to inspire children from all backgrounds to develop a love or learning. Our broad and rich curriculum provides children with a wide range of high quality learning experiences and opportunities. Through this children will develop their talents and skills so that they may flourish and become ambitious as they move onto their next stage of learning.

Our core Christian values permeate through school life. They guide us all and help us to reflect upon how we can be compassionate, respectful, aspirational individuals with the resilience to cope with the challenges of life.

Our school strives to be at the centre of our local community, with positive and effective links to the wider world. Through this, children engage with different religions and cultures with the aim of encourage them to appreciate, enjoy and care for the world we all live in.

Our Values

Six Christian values form the essence of school life. Our ‘apples’ convey these values around school. Reflecting how we live, learn and grow together, the ‘apple’ links our class names: Little Pips (pre-school); Pippin (Reception and Key stage 1); and Orchard (Key stage 2). Each value has a half-termly focus with Collective Worship engaging the whole school community in understanding and living out our values as individuals, as family and within the local community and the wider world.

Love and Compassion – autumn 1

Jesus said, “Love your enemies! … In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven … If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that?… If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Extracts from Matthew 5:43-47

Thankfulness – autumn 2 (Christmas)

Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to love in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:15

Service – spring 1

Work with enthusiasm, as though you are working for the Lord rather than for people. Ephesians 6:7

Hope – spring 2, Easter

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15.13

Forgiveness – summer 1

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!” Matthew 18: 21-22

Endurance – summer 2

All nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:22

Our values and beliefs are underpinned from the school’s Christian foundation. We work closely with the community to provide wonderful opportunities for our pupils and have excellent links with St Mary’s Church in the village. For more, see our SIAMS page in the Information section.


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