Vision & Values
Our Vision Statement
At the heart of religious education at Stone School is the teaching of Christianity which is rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Our school vision and values reflects His teachings and were created by the children, staff, parents and governors at Stone School.
The school vision is:
‘Love one another as I have loved you’ (John 13: 34-35) helping each other to reach for the stars.
Our aim is that every child will reach their full potential and we strongly believe that helping children reach their full potential is a shared responsibility. We encourage our children to 'Reach for their Star' and with our help, their parents' help and the help of their peers our children are successful.
The Bible verse, ‘Love one another as I have loved you’ (John 13: 34-35) sets the vision for the children in a Christian context and the story of the Good Samaritan helps children understand how we should all help each other.
The whole community aspire to fulfill this vision through our Christian values of community, perseverance, honesty,compassion, respect and responsibility each being a ‘stepping stone’ to success.
This vision drives all aspects of school life at Stone CE Combined School. Children are taught to love and care for themselves and others through a rich and varied curriculum which includes our focus on well-being, mental health and 'skills for life'.
Our Mission is to communicate God’s message of love through our Christian values of:
We recognise that we are part of a much larger community and help our neighbours.
We understand that sometimes we will be challenged, but we know that through hard work and effort we can achieve.
We are honest in our actions and in our words.
We care about those who are not as fortunate as ourselves.
We recognise the need to care for and show respect for one another. We care for all our belongings and the environment around us.
We are able to be trusted to do what is right or to do the things that are expected of us.
Stone provides an exciting curriculum packed with inspirational and meaningful learning opportunities, where all children, irrespective of gender or ability, ethnicity or social circumstances are provided with a broad and balanced education. Our topic based approach to learning allows Stone pupils access to a deeply engaging and challenging curriculum.
As part of our pupils’ broader education we aim to develop personal and moral values including respect for other people and property, honesty and a respect for religious beliefs. Pupils learn to have an understanding of how their actions may affect others. Alongside this, we aim to develop the children’s understanding and appreciation of the multi-cultural society in which we live and to develop their tolerance for all races, religions and ways of life. The children are encouraged to work together for the needs of others in the local, national and international community through charitable acts of kindness.
We aim to develop independent and inquiring minds. As a ‘Skills for Life’school, we encourage the children to develop the ability to question, discuss and argue rationally, to make informed decisions and apply themselves effectively to tasks. We are passionate about our ‘Skills for Life’ approach. It underpins everything we do and supports our Vision Statement and Mission to love and help each other by living our Christians values.
Throughout their time at Stone School we encourage pupils to value education for its own sake and acquire the skills and enthusiasm to view education as a lifelong process.
Children are taught about Christianity (at least 50%), other religions and world views fostering respect and tolerance- please see our RE and Collective Worship policies on the policies pages.
Our school has great links with St John the Baptist Church in Stone. We visit the church regularly throughout the year for special services led by The Revd Canon Dr Phil Groves, including Harvest and Christmas. The Revd Canon Dr Phil Groves visits the school regularly, leading collective worship and services as well as talking to classes to support learning. We are fortunate that members of the Church community visit our school every Monday morning to lead collective worship using 'Open the Book' resources. The Open the Book team consists of members of St John the Baptist Church congregation and Rev. Keith Edwards, a Methodist minister form the Vale of Aylesbury Methodist Church. Revd Nigel Featherston a member of the Wychert Vale Benefice supports the school with learning by working with children.
Mental Health and Well-being
We believe that our children’s well-being is central to their success as confident lifelong learners. We therefore encourage our children to play an active role in their own learning, in their own mental health and in developing healthy lifestyles. The school values are an integral part of our curriculum and influence interactions and behaviours providing consistency and security for the children. The ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’: ‘connect’, ‘be active’, ‘keep learning’, ‘take notice’ and ‘give’ provide the children and staff with practical ways of taking responsibility to develop their own wellbeing. We provide a number of opportunities for children and staff to practice these, which include growth mindset education, teaching children and staff about taking notice of their mental health and strategies to support them, Peer Mental Health Heroes, daily mindfulness, the Daily Mile, a wealth of enrichment opportunities and promoting and celebrating acts of kindness in school. The children are nurtured and cared for by teachers and the children feel safe and secure at school.
'Giving' is one of the 5 ways to well-being and is a focus for the children and staff at Stone School. We educate the children about the needs of different people both locally, nationally and internationally in order to develop empathy, care for others and the'life-long' inclination to help others. Children have the opportunity to help others through National and Christian Charity days such as 'Red Nose Day', 'Children in Need' and Harvest festival but alongside this the children, in their 'Houses' voted to support specific charities for which they raise money annually.
St Andrew's House raise money for Children in Need
St Patric's House raise money for Evergreen Africa
St David's House raise money for Cancer Research UK
St George's House raise money for The British Heart Foundation
History to Present Day
Another part of our distinctive ethos is our history. Stone School has been a fundamental part of village life for many years, as it still is. The original school buildings, dating from 1871, are still in everyday use but most of the school dates from 1973 when a major programme of building work provided a hall, new classrooms, library, changing rooms, offices and an extended playground. The school has a class set of laptops, surfaces, interactive touchscreens and visualisers. .The school is fortunate to have extensive outside areas which enhance the children’s learning and enjoyment. These include an exciting outdoor learning area for EYFS, a school playground, school field and a beautiful Peace Garden.
Oxford Diocesan Website
St John the Baptist Church, Stone