Our Christian vision

“We are God’s family – learning together, loving together, and growing together – striving to be the best we can be for ourselves, for God, and for others.”  

Our vision is rooted in the theological scripture of the parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15:4–7). Every member of our school community is important, unique, special, and valued. At this school, no one gets left behind or left out – ‘we are God’s family’. God is like the shepherd; he loves us all, just like the shepherd loves his sheep. In the same way, the leaders and staff care for their precious sheep and look after each member. Following His example, all are loved and encouraged as individuals. Children and staff are valued and supported to flourish and be the best they can be.

Our scripture references are Luke 15:4-7 (the parable of the lost sheep) and John 10:11 (“I am the good shepherd”) 

‘Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?’ (Luke 15:4)  


Our Christian Values

We live our Christian vision through our Six Christian values:

  • Community
  • Love
  • Service
  • Forgiveness
  • Perseverance
  • Thankfulness

These values are promoted across the school by all adults. Each term a value is shared with the school through Collective Worship and in class. Our school’s values are deeply embedded in the daily life of the school and all members of our school identify how they affect our daily lives and our achievements, including being demonstrated through our words and actions.

We are an inclusive school, where everyone has a valuable contribution to make to our school community. Our foundation in Christian belief and practice helps us to embrace not only the spiritual, but also the physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development, of our children. Our vision is rooted in a desire to enable children at Sutton-at-Hone to be the best they can be, ‘for themselves, for God and for others’, living life in all its fullness (John 10:10).   

Our curriculum is designed to provide all our children with the core knowledge and experiences that enable them to flourish. Our strong Christian vision and six associated values underpin all aspects of school life; what we do, who we are and how we live. In our daily lives, this is lived out through our love and care for others, respectful behaviour and empathetic attitudes. These values act as a set of moral standards we should understand and try to live out. They align with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. 

‘Christian values and a strong sense of community and belonging underpin all that the school does.’ Ofsted inspection, March 2020