Ethos and Strategy

In September 2016 the Church of England launched its updated and compelling vision for education; a vision based on bringing ‘life in all its fullness’ to each pupil educated in Christian schools, focusing on 4 areas:

• Wisdom – educating for wisdom, knowledge and skills in a broad curriculum
• Hope – aspiration, healing, renewal.
• Community – living well together, co-humanity, togetherness.
• Dignity – respect, care, safeguarding, nurturance.

The vision of The Aquinas Church of England Trust is Life – Transforming – Learning, interlocking with the Church’s view of education.

Aquinas Trust Action Plan (TAP) Priorities for 2016-2017:

Priority 1: Pursuing educational excellence, so that outcomes for all learners are as good as they can be.
Priority 2: Creating strong leadership at all levels that impacts effectively on academy performance.
Priority 3: Driving excellence in Central Services to deliver support to academies across the Trust.

St. John’s CE Primary Academy fully upholds the wider vision for education of the Church of England and the multi-academy trust family to which we belong.

Our Vision

‘Aiming for Excellence with God as our Guide’

St John’s is a Christian school that empowers everyone to fulfil their unique, God given potential in a safe, caring and creative learning environment. Through inclusive and inspirational teaching every child will make rapid progress and succeed as a lifelong learner in an ever changing world.


St. John’s CE Primary Academy is an inclusive Christian school…
1) Where every child matters and their individual needs are cared for and met.2) Expecting high academic standards of achievement and developing pupil’s unique gifts and talents to their full potential, through an exciting, relevant curriculum and enrichment activities.
3) Of outstanding, committed, well trained and supported teachers and leaders, passionate about learning, with clear succession planning and development opportunities.
4) With clear and effective systems of organisation, leadership and management, creating a calm, purposeful and happy learning community.
5) That values the contribution of the parents and wider community in improving outcomes for all learners, working in partnership and sharing achievements.
6) Moving towards two-forms of entry with a nursery provision and a learning environment and facilities to enable the school to deliver its vision (suit 21st Century learning).

Strategy documents:

• The Church of England Vision for Education: Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good.
Vision Meeting - March 2017
• School Improvement Priorities for 2017-2018.