Vision, Values & Ethos

Whilst our school seeks to reflect many Christian values, the following seven have been chosen (together with the over-arching umbrella of kindness) as our ‘Core Values’. We believe that an understanding of these values, and integration of them into school life, will help to equip our children as they forge relationships within our school community, the local community within Haslingden and society as a whole.

Our School Motto

Growing in God’s love, learning as we go.’

Matthew 13 – Parable of the Sower

School Aims

  • To create a safe, caring, supportive, stimulating and Christian ethos and environment in which individuals can develop;
  • To value each child’s individuality.
  • To challenge and excite each child to achieve their very best;
  • To encourage a love for and an enjoyment of learning;
  • To help children to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding relevant to adult life and employment in a changing world;
  • To help children to develop personal moral values, respect for religious values and a tolerance, respect and understanding of other races, religions and ways of life;
  • To help children to understand the world in which they live and their responsibilities within it;
  • To develop a sense of awe and wonder;
  • To ensure that the curriculum offers a breadth of experience and equality of opportunity for all children.
  • To provide regular, stimulating essential learning experiences within our curriculum.


“We love because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

We are a safe, loving, supportive, Christian family which values each child’s individuality and uniqueness created in the image of God. We nurture the talents given by God to inspire pupils to achieve and succeed, and foster a sense of awe and wonder of God’s world:

  • Form foundations of lifelong faith through Gospel values and sincere, meaningful prayer.
  • Guide Pupils to determine their own personal moral values, and a respect and understanding of other races, religions and ways of life.
  • Develop future citizens who cherish the world in which they live and their responsibilities within it.
  • A curriculum which has a breadth of experience and equality of opportunity for all.

A very warm welcome to you all! Thank you for visiting our website. I hope that you will gain an insight into the life of St. James’ by looking at the information we have shared with you.

At St James’, we aim to provide a secure, caring and stimulating environment in which children are encouraged to strive to do their best in all aspects of their development. As a school family, we believe that courtesy, respect and concern for others are as important as high standards of achievement in academic work. To this end, we are determined to meet the needs of every child, celebrating the uniqueness of each child. As a school, we work hard to create a lively, engaging and purposeful learning environment in which children will develop a love of learning.

As a church school, we enjoy close links with the church of St. James’ and believe that the Christian faith underpins all that we do in school and permeates all aspects of school life. This is clearly summarised in our motto, developed by the children, which states that we are ‘Growing in God’s love, learning as we go’ (Matthew 13 – Parable of the Sower). We have also identified seven core values. We believe these are fundamental to our children’s development within a multi-cultural, multi-faith school and that engaging with these values will help our children to become responsible members of the wider community.

At St. James’, we actively encourage parents to become involved in their children’s education. We firmly believe that home and school need to work in partnership for the benefit of the children. Working together as a school family, we can ensure that children are both happy and successful at school.

Our School Ethos and Values

Our core values are:


Recognising that life is sometimes difficult and that it is important not to give up in the face of adversity.


Understanding that forgiveness can be given and received, but that it must be genuine and from the heart.


Knowing that true friendship breaks down barriers between people and enables everyone to grow as an individual.


‘Koinonia’ means ‘that which is in common’. It can be translated as ‘fellowship’ or ‘community’. It encompasses the concept of interdependence: all within our school are needed and valued and each person is important to the whole community.


Working towards people living in harmony with themselves, with others, with God and creation.


Seeing the world as God’s creation and being thankful for it as a gift not a right.


Being reliable and trustworthy ourselves and developing trust in others.

‘Values Trees’

showing the seven core values, are displayed throughout our school.