Ethos and Values

Mission Statement and Aims

At St James’ we have developed a shared mission statement with our children, staff, parents, governors, church and wider community.

‘Committed to excellence; inspired by Christ.’

This mission embodies all that we do and influences who and why we do things. As a school, we endeavour to strive for excellence in all areas of learning as well as our attitudes to each other. This pursuit for excellence is not at ‘all costs’ because we are inspired by how Christ lived his life as a perfect example of obedience, humility and sacrificial love for others.

It is the aim of the school to fulfill all requirements of the National Curriculum and in addition:

  • To create a caring, supportive, stimulating and Christian ethos and environment in which individuals can develop;
  • To challenge each child to reach their full potential;
  • To encourage a love of learning;
  • To help children to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding relevant to adult life and employment in a changing world;
  • To help children to develop personal moral values, respect for religious values and an understanding of other races, religions and ways of life;
  • To help children to understand the world in which they live and their responsibilities within it;
  • To encourage an appreciation of beautiful things;
  • To ensure that the curriculum offers equality of opportunity for all children.

Core Values

Our mission statement and aims are underpinned by a set of seven core gospel values:








You will find reference to these values in all that we do at St James’: through our curriculum,  discussions with children about behaviour and expectation, celebrating each others’ worth and achievements in out weekly celebration assembly and also wider issues of national and international importance.

Such values in turn promote not only the Christian ethos and aims of Chorley St. James’ Church of England Primary School, but assist in the preparation of the children for the responsibilities and duties of adult life.

British Values

As a church school, with a distinctive Christian ethos, we are committed to promoting the key ‘fundamental British values’ of mutual respect, tolerance, knowing right from wrong, liberty and the need for laws. Our core values of forgiveness, hope, trust, truth, compassion, thankfulness and perseverance encapsulate the tenets of British values. Within school, we believe that everyone is special in God’s eyes and loved by Him.

The government’s has set out that:

‘Schools should promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’

Our school curriculum, experiences and wider opportunities allows us as a school to ensure that our children are able to develop in to well-rounded individuals and British citizens.