Harvington C of E First and Nursery School

‘Together we love, learn and grow’

Visions and Values

The Blessing of our Outdoor Reflection Area.

Reverend Thorniley kindly blessed and shard prayers for our Reflection Area. The Sunshine group shared their well planned box of resources that they are sharing with anyone who wants to use the area to sit quietly, reflect, pray or appreciate nature.

Harvington Church of England First and Nursery School


As a Church of England school, working closely with our local church, our vision and values underpin everything that we do. They are fundamental to our teaching and learning, and provide an environment that prepares our children to be confident, respectful, happy and well prepared for their next steps. Our curriculum is built on our core set of Christian values and these provide a moral compass and a common language of learning behaviour for the school family and wider community. The values equip our children with social and relationship skills, intelligences and attitudes to succeed at school and throughout their lives.  We all share a desire to learn, support, nurture and consider others.

We value and celebrate each other’s gifts and talents through respecting differences; we offer friendship and support by developing a sense of trust within our school family and also within the community which we are so proud to be a part of. 

We aim to provide high quality education to ensure high standards of achievement for every child. We aim to create independent, successful learners who can persevere through tricky situations, confident individuals and responsible, aspirational citizens. We aim to encourage children to be resilient, truthful, creative and resourceful so they can adapt in our ever changing world. We aim to provide a happy, caring and welcoming school rooted firmly in Christian values where forgiveness is at the heart. We aim to provide a life-long love of learning.

We all believe that it is important to live our lives with Jesus as our role model, demonstrating the Christian values that He taught us.


Our School Vision: 


Together we love, learn and grow.


We follow these passages from the Bible: 

Matthew 22:39

‘Love your neighbour as yourself’


Proverbs 2:2

‘Turn your ear to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding’


Peter 3:18

‘Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord’


Our Six Core Values are:


Truthfulness - We always tell the truth and earn the trust of one another.

Perseverance - We are happy to learn from our mistakes and never give up.

Friendship - We understand that a good friend can be trusted and is loyal.

Trust - We understand that we need to trust others when working together as a team.

Forgiveness - We are able to forgive others and accept that we all make mistakes.

Respect - We appreciate the importance of respecting everyone and everything.


Values are taught and applied throughout the curriculum, for example, through our carefully planned subject leadership documents, our curriculum statement and intent documents for each subject area, enrichment planning, charitable events, Collective Worship, Open the Book, learning attitude expectations, behaviour policy, community links activities (see policy), PSHE, business enterprise week, mental health and well-being focus and activities, theme days, cookery, playground mediator training, lunchtime leader training and responsibilities, pupil parliament and ministerial roles, ECO group, Roots and Shoots, assembly angel responsibilities and trips and visits.

Our values provide a common language and are the foundation on which our learning, decision making and policies are built upon. Our focus on nurture and support for all children is evident in our provision and staffing. We are determined that every child will be happy, successful learners. The schools behaviour policy acknowledges these values as our guiding principles for learning behaviour.

Children are rewarded for displaying the values with a marble which is added to the class jar. Each half term the class with the most values wins the large, beautiful marble. Children are also awarded the 'Harvey the Harvington Hedgehog' and certificate in Celebration Collective Worship in recognition of them following the one or all of our core values. They are also awarded the 'Ralph the Role Model' monkey and certificate for being a positive role model to others. 



Why is being a Church of England School so special?


Church schools have Christian beliefs and values at their heart. This means that every child and adult associated with the school are not just important because they are members of the school but because they are seen as unique individuals within God's creation.

Church schools recognise that as well as academic and emotional focus everyone also needs spiritual support. The spiritual aspects of life will be recognised, and nurtured alongside the academic and emotional needs of all.

Church schools are places where challenge through questioning is encouraged as through time this can make sense of the world, the gift of life and the purpose of our own personal lives.

The purpose of a Church of England school is to offer a spiritual dimension to the lives of young people, within the traditions of the Church of England, in an increasingly secular world.


What does it mean to be a Church of England School?

Our Church Links.


Both the church and the school are integral to the community as both seek to enrich the lives of all members of the community. The churches have an important part to play in the life of the school. Working with the staff and the governors, the church, through leadership of collective worship and school services seek to ensure that each child grows spiritually. Our hope is that every child should know that they are unique, special and that in their daily lives they should exhibit the school’s distinctive Christian values.


St James' Church in Harvington is part of The Arch Benefice. Please click on the link below to find out further information.





Children may, if they wish, write a prayer to be read out, bring their own prayer to read or have read, and write prayers for a specific Collective Worship service such as Harvest Festival, Remembrance or Christmas. These are included in our prayer book.

Teachers also share prayers as part of Collective Worship. We also regularly say our School Prayer and the Lord's Prayer:



School Prayer (written by our Sunshine Group and our Governors)


Dear Father God our helper


Thank you for all the days at our school

Please help our community to follow in your footsteps and Persevere on our journey by




and enjoying

Friendship with others as Together We Achieve.

As we search for the Truth

We ask all this in Jesus’ name



The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name,

Thy Kingdom come,

Thy will be done on earth,

As it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us,

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

The power and the glory,

For ever and ever.



Our Morning Prayer (written by our Sunshine Group)

Thank you God for this new day,

Help me grow and learn and play,

Please be with me all day long.



Lunchtime Prayer

For what we are about to receive,

May the Lord make us truly thankful.



End of the Day Prayer

Heavenly Father hear our prayer,

Day and night we're in your care,

Look upon us from above,

Bless all those we dearly love,

Bless all those with whom we play,

Make us better every day.



The Trinity (We say this at the start of Collective Worship)

We are going to start our Collective Worship by saying:

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.


The Grace (We say this at the end of Collective Worship)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spririt be with us all, evermore.




‘understanding something about myself and the world and making connections with them both’


Everyone is in some sense a spiritual being. Spirituality is part of our church school ethos as it reflects the Christian belief that God made people in his image and that we all share in His purposes to bring life and allow His creation to flourish. This is part of creating an ethos that is both distinctive and inclusive. Spirituality is not just developed through RE, it is a focus across the curriculum and full school life.


Some of the characteristics of a spiritually developing person are: hopeful, reflective, forgiving, loving, truthful, peaceful, joyful, being able to show empathy, curiosity, a sense of belonging, creativity awe and wonder. These qualities are developed in all parts of the curriculum and school life. 


As a Church of England school our whole curriculum reflects a Christian ethos that is both distinctive but inclusive.  (This means distinctively Christian but inclusive of others)


Through our Collective Worship, our learning and school activities, we help children to recognise their value and place in God's world.


A Framework for Spirituality

In our school we teach this through the framework of Self, Others, Beauty, Beyond and Love. The subject of LOVE should be a thread through all worship, as we help children to develop a love of self, a love of others, a love of beauty (God’s World) and a love of God and what lies beyond their everyday experiences.


SELF – Spiritual learners become increasingly aware of the concept of self – the inner persons and the way that this shapes an individual’s perception of themselves as a unique human being. Spiritual learners reflect on the relationship that they have with their sense of being a unique person.


OTHERS – Spiritual learners become increasingly aware of the concept of others – a growing empathy, concern and compassion for how to treat others. Spiritual learners reflect on how their values and principles affect their relationships with others.


BEAUTY – Spiritual learners become increasingly aware of the concept of physical and creative world – a growing relationship with beauty through the ability to respond emotionally to experiences of the wonder of the natural world and the results of human creativity. Spiritual learners explore their understanding of beauty and the affect this has on their perception of and relationship with the world.


BEYOND – Spiritual learners become increasingly aware of the concept of the beyond – a growing relationship with the transcendental and the ability to explore experiences beyond the everyday. Spiritual learners search for meaning in their very existence and their place in the greater scheme of things


Please read our Spirituality Policy for more information.

We begin our Collective Worship with the Trinity

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We finish our Collective Worship with The Grace

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