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Church Sool- Values and Ethos

Here at Thorndon we are a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School.

At Thorndon everyone is welcome. We support a caring, Christian ethos which is entirely relevant to and inclusive of all faiths and beliefs as well as those with no faith.

We enjoy strong links with our church community and are fortunate to be able to regularly hold assemblies, celebrations and other events in the Church.

What does being a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School actually mean?

Church of England schools are established primarily for the communities they are located in. They are inclusive and serve equally those who are of the Christian faith, those of other faiths and those with no faith.

Church schools are recognised for their distinctive Christian ethos and the impact this has on standards and all round education. The proportions of Church schools regarded as 'outstanding' (by Ofsted) is much higher than the national norm and yet the Church schools arefully inclusive.

The Church school system is managed and developed through the individual dioceses. Each Diocese has a Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) which is served by a Diocesan Director of Education (DDE). DBEs oversee local developments and support schools on a day to day basis

Key Facts

  • Approximately 1 million children attend C of E schools
  • About 15 million people alive today went to one
  • 25% (4484) of all primary and middle schools are C of E193 (6.25%) secondary schools are C of E
  • With 50 sponsored and 208 converter academies, the Church is the biggest provider in England   

About Thorndon CEVC Primary School

British VAlues

We understand core British Values as: 

  • Democracy 
  • Rule of Law 
  • Individual Liberty 

Mutual respect and tolerance towards those of different faiths and cultures 
During key stage assemblies, teachers remind children about managing their behaviour and the importance of school rules. Furthermore, they are taught to believe in themselves and pursue excellence through hard work, within a climate of high expectations and support.  At Thorndon, our pupils benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum which contain units of work which are underpinned by British values and British culture.

At Thorndon, values of tolerance and respect permeate all areas of school life. This engenders a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and facilitates the fulfilment of potential.  Pupil voice plays an integral part in driving the school forward and school rules at different levels are seen as the foundation upon which this can be achieved.  

Our PSHE and RE Curricula encourages respect and appreciation of everyone and their individual beliefs and values.



Values for Life

As a Church of England School our assemblies following the "Values for Life" themes:


·         Courage

·         Creativity

·         Peace

·         Trust

·         Forgiveness

·         Justice

·         Thankfulness

·         Compassion

·         Friendship

·         Hope

·         Truthfulness

·         Humility

·         Generosity

·         Respect and Reverence

·         Wisdom

·         Perseverance

·         Service

·         Responsibility.


As a Church of England School we teach these values and the Christian ideas underpin our ethos. We encourage tolerance and value everyone. Children are rewarded for effort, kindness and thoughtfulness.  We work closely with the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and our school is regularly inspected by the National Society of Anglican and Methodist Schools. 



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