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Our Ethos, Values, Strategy and School Improvement Plan

Ethos, Values, Strategy and Improvement


For more than two hundred years St Peter’s Church of England Primary School has been committed to serving the community of Portishead. It is our responsibility to protect this heritage and innovate, so that present and future generations may also benefit from a school committed to excellence.

What we do is important and we know that the wellbeing and life chances of pupils depend on us.  Therefore it is vital that we communicate the school’s goals and continually reinforce the standards we aspire to.




Our Ethos Statement is the foundation of all that we do.  In January 2016 the governors affirmed:


 Valuing Others, Valuing Ourselves, Valuing our Learning


Recognising its historic foundation, St Peter’s 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.


St Peter’s aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice, welcoming all regardless of their faith or belief. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.



 Our Vision for St Peter’s


St Peter's Church of England Primary School aspires to be a welcoming, inclusive family with a strong Christian ethos, a sense of community and a commitment to excellence for all children in our care.

Towards this we strive to be a school where:


  • Our children feel safe, are enthusiastic, secure and confident.  They enjoy their learning and are successful in it.  We nurture their uniqueness and respond to their diverse needs. We enable them to succeed and make a meaningful contribution to the world.
  • Our staff team enjoys working with children and together.  We support and challenge each other to be the best we can be.   We are committed to achieving outstanding provision for all.
  • Our leadership is strong and shared, leads by example, enables and motivates, and constantly strives to ensure excellence in all we do.
  • Our partnership with Portishead Church of England, and in particular with, St Peter’s Parish Church is active and strong, enriching the lives of all in our community.
  • Our curriculum is stimulating, broad, creative and relevant, focused on the whole child, so that it prepares and equips children for the future
  • Our learning environment, both indoor and outdoor, is exciting, encourages all to participate, celebrates learning and is well maintained and safe.
  • We nurture relationships that are based on trust and respect, and value everyone's contribution. We actively seek to work in partnership with parents and carers.
  • We create learning opportunities that inspire, encourage and support children.  We help them to develop skills to reflect on their learning and gain confidence to take risks so that they achieve high standards throughout the school.
  • We continue to build on a heritage earned from serving Portishead for over 200 years; innovating practice and confidently sharing this knowledge with others around us.  We actively support and learn from other schools.


We value others, ourselves and our learning.  We are committed to excellence.  We care for and develop the whole child.


Strategy & Improvement Plan


With our vision for St Peter’s in mind, our strategy planning channels efforts for the coming 3 years on to areas that will deliver the greatest impact for children:


By July 2018:


  • We are judged to be an outstanding school with excellent outcomes for all children
  • We have a clear and consistent Pedagogy for Excellence
  • We maintain our outstanding Church School ethos because we have a broad and balanced curriculum which enriches lives and children and staff enjoy coming to learn and work together
  • We are in strong partnerships with other schools; these enhance provision for children and staff.


Within these areas, our School Improvement Plan sets where we will concentrate our focus for the current year.  When we refresh our plan each year we take into account all the data that we have on children’s achievement and feedback from the school community, along with initiatives set by local and national government.


Our Values

To help us towards our vision we embed Christian Values into our curriculum.  Every term children will consider one of the following values and links will be made to their learning in other subjects: Friendship, Thankfulness, Joy, Belonging, Encouragement, Compassion, Truthfulness, Honesty, Co-operation, Trust, Justice, Courage, Creativity, Humility, Responsibility, Peace/Forgiveness, Respect and Hope.


We also actively promote the fundamental British Values of:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs


These values are taught as part of our board and balanced curriculum and specifically through Religious Education and PSHCE.  We also foster these values through a variety of different activities in school e.g. Collective Worship, Our School Council, House Captains, discussion of current affairs and our Behaviour for Learning policy.




Please lick on the PDF to see a summary of the School Improvement Plan for 2014/5.



School Improvement Plan 2014-15

School Improvement Plan 2015_2016

School Improvement plan 2016_2017

  • St Peter's Church of England Primary School, Hallett's Way, Portishead, United Kingdom, BS20 6BT
  • Email : stpeters.pri@n-somerset.gov.uk Telephone 01275 843142
Valuing Others, Valuing Ourselves, Valuing Our Learning