School Ethos Statement as recorded in our Instrument of Governance:

Recognising its historic foundation, Dr South’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.  It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.


Faith, hope and love.


Guided by Christian teaching, we adopt the following values:

– We are kind, honest, helpful and polite;

– We do our best;

– We are peacemakers and we forgive others;

– We share and we care.


To be a learning community where:

– Each child is significant, noticed, valued, respected and cherished;

– Children are safe, enthusiastic, happy, engaged, courteous and interdependent;

– Each child makes sustained progress as a result of outstanding, motivating and inspirational teaching;

– The teaching of reading, writing, communication and mathematics is exceptional and each child makes excellent progress;

– Teachers plan challenging and enjoyable tasks based on accurate assessment of pupils’ prior skills, knowledge and understanding, supported by an outstanding, creative curriculum;

– Learning across the entire curriculum is highly valued and each subject and area of learning is treated as significant.

– Parents are fully engaged in supporting their child’s learning.

– Everyone is a learner, and we provide opportunities for life-long learning.

To be a Christian community where:

– Christian values are at the heart of school life;

– There is a strong link with the local church and the wider Christian community;

– Spiritual development, as well as cultural, moral and social development, are integral to the learning experience in the school;

– All children and families – those of the Christian faith, those from other faith background and those with no faith background – may understand more about our Christian values and faith whilst being free to make their own choices.

To be a local community where:

– The school is at the heart of the wider community, served by it, and serving it;

– The school is fully inclusive, welcoming all sections of the wider community, including those families who do not have a natural connection to the school, so that all will view the school as an active and open part of the wider community;

– Effective partnerships with other community organisations are formed and have a positive impact on the life of the school.