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School Values

Our Christian and School Values and Ethos:

At Vernham Dean Gillum’s through our Christian ethos and the teachings of Jesus we are about developing

“Compassionate, Courageous and Creative citizens for the future” We are committed to creating a loving, compassionate, Christian atmosphere in which everyone can SOAR (have Success for all, Ownership of learning, Aspire to achieve and to be Resilient, Risk takers)so they can achieve their personal best’ 


“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:31


Our School’s Christian character permeates all aspects of school life and to support our spiritual journey we have chosen the three distinctive Christian Values of:


The 3 Cs:

Compassion, Courage and Creativity


  • Compassion was chosen to reflect the love and empathy we have for each other as Jesus has in all of us.
  • Courage was chosen to reflect the courage of Jesus on the cross and how we need to embrace difficulties in our lives and work.
  • Creativity was chosen to reflect each of us being an individual and doing things our way just as Jesus did when helping others.


Our aim is to ensure that all members of the school community feel valued and that respect and trust underpin all we do.  To support this aim, reflective areas can be found across the school, which promote and enhance spiritual ideas, thoughts and questions.


Our Learning Values

Our learning values underpin all that we do.  At Vernham Dean Gillum’s we want every child to SOAR

S- Success for all

O-Ownership of our learning

A-Achievement and excellence for all

R-Resilient, risk takers


Our Learning behaviours also want every child to SOAR and link to our Christian values;

S- Stretch- Did I challenge myself in my learning today? (Courage)

O-Out of the box- Was I creative, did I do it my way? (Creative)

A- Apply- Did I use new skills/skills I already knew and apply them to my learning? Did I work collaboratively?(Compassion/Courage/Creativity)

R- Resilience- Did I persevere with my learning/Was I courageous? (Courage)


Our school is a part of the Pastrow Beneifice group of churches sharing the, love, grace and truth of Jesus Christ alongside our school's own Christian values.