At Bishop Ridley C of E Primary School we are......
Learning and Growing Together
Sharing the Love of God
We believe that every member of our community has the potential to grow and flourish in their learning, relationships and personal growth, just like the mustard seed in Jesus’ parable. We share God’s love through the way we conduct ourselves, learning from Jesus’ teachings and the life of Bishop Ridley.
(Matthew 13: 31-32)
Our Vision is set in context by Jesus’s words:
" I have come in order that you might have life - life in all its fullness." John 10:10
The parable of the mustard seed helps our school community to understand our vision and to learn from the lessons of Bishop Nicholas Ridley, who always had his eyes fixed on God’s will for his life.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
Just like the mustard tree flourishes and grows to hold a valuable position in the garden, we want to see every pupil flourish in their learning, their relationships with others and their personal growth. We aim to give our pupils the best start, preparing them for their secondary education and their role in modern British society.
While the mustard seed is tiny, with soil, water, air and sunlight it grows, becomes strong and attracting the birds to rest among its branches. We believe that all of our pupils have the potential to do well, to succeed in their learning and to become a valued member of society, regardless of their starting point. Bishop Nicholas Ridley was like a seed – his actions helped spread The Bible across the country for all to understand. At Bishop Ridley Primary School, every member of our school community is valued and cherished; both as an individual and for the contribution they make to the school body. We have a ‘growth mindset’.
The mustard seed starts by growing strong, deep roots to provide the nutrients and water which it needs. Children at Bishop Ridley are rooted by our Christian vision and associated values; trust, forgiveness, thankfulness, compassion, friendship and humility. Our school community (including pupils, staff, parents, the church and our parish) is centred on the growth, development and safeguarding of our children.
We share God’s love through the examples we set and the way we conduct ourselves. Our school behaviour code applies to all and is centred around the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:12:
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you”.
We strive to develop happy young people with enquiring minds, a spirit of curiosity, respect for themselves, others and the environment so that they will have the skills, resilience and adaptability to thrive in a rapidly changing world. This is just like Bishop Nicholas Ridley who opened up the Bible to ordinary people to show them the love of God and for each other.