Our Ethos and Vision Our Vision In our school our Christian vision, and the values that underpin it, shape all we do. They are not only for our children but the school community as a whole. It is our belief that each child is a unique individual – a creation of God, and every child, without exception, is precious. Our aim is to nurture and encourage them to recognise this in themselves and others, and so be the best that they can be: to know that if they put their heart into what they do, they can realise their dreams. In this way, we develop happy, successful and flourishing life-long learners. Our Values Hope and Aspiration “We believe we can” We want to inspire our learners and the community to see learning as a joy: a gateway to a successful future. This can be demonstrated in the Parable of the Mustard Seed (Matthew 13: 31-32): “The Kingdom of Heaven is like this. A man takes a mustard seed and sows it in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it grows up, it is the biggest of all plants. It becomes a tree, so that birds come and make their nests in its branches.’ Resilience and Perseverance “We know we can” Our School was named after John William Fletcher, the Vicar of Madeley, who was one of the founders of the Methodist Societies which later became known as the Methodist Church. John Fletcher was a humble man of great faith. He chose to fulfil his mission within Madeley, knowing he would have a difficult challenge. Everything he did, he worked with his whole heart. And so, we want all our learners and school community to have a positive mindset: to be able to have the self-belief to work through something when it is difficult. We remember the words of St. Paul: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”. (Philippians 4:13) Compassion and Forgiveness “Together we can” Recognising that everyone is different and everyone is precious, we want to foster a safe learning environment by supporting our school community to love each other unconditionally, taking care of each other and our environment. This means to treat each other and our environment with love, kindness, respect and to show forgiveness for one another. This can be demonstrated in the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) and the words of Jesus (Matthew 18:21-22) – Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, if my brother keeps on sinning against me, how many times do I have to forgive him? Seven times?” “No, not seven times”, answered Jesus, “but seventy times seven”.