Ethos & Values

Our Vision Statement

Our vision is to ‘Love one another as I have loved you’ (John13:34-35).

The story of the Good Samaritan is used to help children understand and live the vision. 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 and skills for life.

We communicate God’s message of love by believing and acting on our Stepping Stone Values. These are:

  • Community
    We recognise that we are part of a much larger community and help our neighbours.
  • Perseverance
    We understand that sometimes we will be challenged, but we know that through hard work and effort we can achieve.
  • Honesty 
    We are honest in our actions and in our words.
  • Compassion
    We care about those who are not as fortunate as ourselves.
  • Respect
    We recognise the need to care for and show respect for one another. We care for all our belongings and the environment around us.
  • Responsibility
    We are able to be trusted to do what is right or to do the things that are expected of us.
Every half term, we focus on one of these values and teachthechildren how the value can be applied to school life and everydayliving throughout their lives.  Thevalues are anchored into the Christian faiththrough stories and readingsfrom the Bible. Video clips and songs are used to help children understand howthe life and teachings of Jesus can be related to their ownlives.Children explore these values further in the course of their timein all aspects of school life.We celebrate when children have ‘lived’ oneof the values by presenting them with a ‘Stepping Stone to Success’ in ourFriday Celebration Collective Worship

Our Distinctive Ethos and Values

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, 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 other 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 School 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.

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 computer suite, surfaces and interactive whiteboards and visualisers are used in all classes.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.