South Petherton Church of England Infants and Pre-School

South Petherton Church of England Infants and Pre-School

Our Christian Vision and Values

Embracing the Fullness of Life...

John 10:10

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Our Christian Ethos and Christian Values












As a Church School we have a distinctive character where Christian Values are promoted in all aspects of school life.  We encourage all members of the school community to promote a Christian Ethos where Care and Respect is shown to everyone.  As a Church School there are strong links with the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul.   



Embracing the fullness of life

At our Church School and Pre-School, we aim to provide a welcoming atmosphere where staff and children work together to create a happy, secure, caring and stimulating environment. This is created in partnership with church representatives, parents, governors, and the wider community. All children are given the opportunity to achieve their full potential, to develop personal responsibility, self-esteem, respect for others and their environment. This is achieved through a broad and balanced curriculum with high quality teaching and learning experiences. We provide a well-resourced school that encourages creativity and co-operation and where collective and individual efforts are valued and celebrated. Our Christian Values are embedded throughout our ethos and form the foundations of our approach to ensuring that every child embraces the fullness of life.



We aim to:

  • Encourage in our children a sense of Christian caring for the community in which they live and the wider world beyond.
  • Help children develop lively and enquiring minds and to become independent learners following a broad, balanced and enriching curriculum.
  • Have detailed awareness of the individual progress of each child in all aspects of their development and education and to reflect this in our teaching.
  • Provide an atmosphere where respect, trust and tolerance predominate and where polite and appropriate behaviour is expected and valued by all.
  • Recognise the importance of the partnership between our children, their parents and the school.
  • Not discriminate against any child on the grounds of gender, race, disability or religion and to develop in all of our children a respect for other races, cultures and creeds.
  • Establish an environment within which teaching and non-teaching staff, advisors, parents and governors can work together to achieve these aims.
  • Provide a learning environment which is happy and stimulating, where children have confidence in themselves.
  • Encourage the children to understand the need to lead a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating and regular exercise so that they will carry this understanding into their adult life.
  • Embed clear Christian Values throughout our broad and balanced curriculum, so children take with them a sense of belonging and can embrace the fullness of life.



Religious Education and Collective Worship

Religious Education in our school is taught in accordance with the locally agreed syllabus and reflects the teaching of the Church of England. In addition, we have interwoven ‘Understanding Christianity’ in to our curriculum, an exciting resource from the Church of England which gives all our pupils the chance to engage more deeply, thoughtfully and creatively with RE. It gives opportunity to explore life’s big questions and to think imaginatively about this major world faith community.


Through the teaching of Religious Education we aim to promote the spiritual and moral development of the children, at the same time seeking to ensure that it promotes respect, understanding and tolerance for those who adhere to different faiths.  A parent does have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education if so wished.

In order to comply with the 1988 Education Reform Act each school is required to ensure that all pupils take part in daily Collective Worship. Nothing in the Education Reform Act affects parents’ rights, as established in the 1944 Act.  Any parent does have the right to withdraw their child from Collective Worship if they wish.


Welcome back to Summer Term 2024