Our Vision & Values
Our Vision Journey
At Blundeston, we have thought carefully about how to articulate our vision. We worked together with our pupils, staff and governors to create our shared vision during the summer of 2019. With the help of our incumbent at the time, Father Glen, we chose a short, yet powerful, verse to root our vision in biblical teaching.
In developing our vision, we considered The Church of England Vision for Education: Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good (https://www.churchofengland.org/more/education-and-schools/vision-education).
The vision we eventually created is simple but perfectly sums up what we want to achieve for our whole school community. It is celebrated and brought to life through our beautiful hall mural.
Our vision is for our school to be "A Place to Flourish". This is based on John 10:10 when Jesus said "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full". This is what we want for everyone in our school community: to reach their potential, as God intended, with learning being understood as a shared responsibility. We see flourishing in its broadest sense, and not just academically, as we understand that flourishing will mean different things to different people at different times. We want our whole school community to flourish, underpinned by our Christian ethos and fundamental British values.
To achieve our vision, we aim to:-
- Keep it at the forefront of our minds, and in our hearts, in everything we do in school, recognising that sometimes we may have to look a little harder to find "flourishing", but having faith that it will still be there, somewhere
- Celebrate being a Church school and be proud of all that this means and brings, including being part of our Diocese and the wider Christian community
- Deliver a rich curriculum that nurtures, provides real-life experiences, is rooted in the local area, creates links and builds on deep-seated learning
- Nurture staff so that they can be the best they can be
- Provide pastoral support for our children, parents, carers and families when they need it
Our work is underpinned by our strong Christian ethos, values and our vision which was articulated by Jesus in John 10:10.
But what makes Blundeston distinctive and unique? It is hard to put into words but we think it can be summed up by the motto, “Team Blundy!" The sense of teamwork is palpable at our school. Everyone pulls together, supports each other and works together to solve problems. We have our ups and downs, but ultimately we care about everyone in our school community and want them to achieve and flourish. Visitors comment on the school’s ethos and the welcoming and caring feel of the school. We are very proud of this.
We thought long and hard about our core values at Blundeston. We wanted our chosen values to reflect what we stand for and what underpins our work in school every day. We also wanted these values to be accessible and meaningful for everyone in our school, from our youngest children to the oldest.
The diagram shows our three values: FAMILY, RESPECT, FLOURISH. The circles deliberately overlap and interlock to show that flourishing can happen when the other two values are in place. The children are taught Bible stories and verses that explore these values.
Our children are encouraged to develop their understanding of, and reflect upon, these values through our curriculum and collective worship programme.
We celebrate our children's flourishing in many ways, including our weekly "Blundeston Flourishers" collective worship.