CHURCH SCHool distinctiveness
Western Downland Church of England (Aided) Primary School highly values its Christian foundation and its close links within the Western Downland parishes and the Diocese of Salisbury.
The Christian understanding which informs and underpins our shared values and activities at Western Downland begins from two simple principles, that everyone who forms part of our School community should be enabled to develop "The Roots to Grow and the Wings to Fly".
The Roots to Grow: We begin with a conviction that there is a starting point and foundation for all that nurtures and nourishes a fulfilling life. In Christian language this might be called the Source or Origin. We seek to provide a secure, nourishing environment which feeds people's sense of worth, which informs their appreciation of the world around them, and which fires their imagination
The Wings to Fly: We believe in providing the opportunity for each person in our School to thrive, to fulfil their potential and even to reach beyond what is-as yet-possible. In the language of Christianity, this might be called Excellence or Transcendence. We seek to develop people's confidence and self-belief, equipping them with skills and encouraging a resilience that enables them to successfully meet challenges, solve problems and overcome setbacks, as well as seeking to foster their understanding of being part of a community, in which we can gain as well as give, through the skills and insights of others. We will introduce them to new experiences and insights which will enrich their self-understanding, and enable them to move forward with a growing sense of who they are and their place in the world.
Our School Values
Love: From the early Greek word "agape", found in the Bible, meaning a love which is a true reflection of the love of God: unconditional, self-giving, compassionate, purposeful and transformative
Fellowship: From the early Greek word "koinonia", found in the Bible, meaning a readiness to live in community with one another, recognising our interwoven lives and valuing what each person has to offer, because we are richer as each of us makes our unique contribution to the life of us all.
Righteousness: From the early greek word "dikalosyne", found in the Bible, which includes a concern to live as well as we can, seeking excellence in our own lives, defending peace, pursuing justice, valuing truth and demonstrating a genuine regard for others, which shows itself in generosity of action.
We are very proud to have achieved an 'Good' in our latest SIAS inspection.
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