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Vision and Values


‘We see remarkable things everyday.’ (Luke 5:26)


Our vision underpins everything we do at Old Cleeve First School.  Through deep, personal reflections and a focus on our spiritual awareness, we encourage all who attend and visit our school to reflect on our vision and celebrate the ‘remarkable things that we see every day. ‘(Luke 5:26). Whether this is through academic success or a personal challenge, we aim to show these remarkable achievements through our values of ‘Achieve, Thrive, Care and Belong.’


Our school vision derives from the parable of the “Paralysed Man” This parable highlights the power of care and unity. Together the people lift the paralysed man through the roof into the building to be before Jesus. From this remarkable act we take the verse “We have seen remarkable things today” Luke 5:26. As a school we also reflect on the teachings of Jesus within this Bible verse, who remarked which is easier ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk?'  We aim for all who attend Old Cleeve First School to recognise that they have the authority to forgive each other, as Jesus taught us to forgive, when proving his power to forgive sins. This means we encourage everyone to build strong and spiritual relationships with one another and follow in the footsteps of Jesus’ teachings. Therefore, as the crowd in Luke 5:26 went home praising God, we follow in their footsteps praising God and that because of Him, we have seen and continue to see remarkable thoughts, actions and deeds. 
At Old Cleeve we recognise and celebrate the remarkable moments every day, both academically and socially.


We are an inclusive school that warmly welcome families, children and staff of all faiths and none.  Our school aims to serve the community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. We aim for all to be inspired by the stories, songs and prayers that describe the actions of Jesus and his impact on the world. To promote spiritual flourishment, opportunities are offered for individuals to share their experiences and thoughts through Big Questions, Thunks, prayer trees and our remarkable experience boxes, which encourage everybody to celebrate the wonderful thoughts, actions and deeds they have seen within school and the community.

Our Christian Values 


Our firm conviction and aim for all our children is that they; achieve, thrive, care and belong. This is woven through our curriculum, ethos and collective worship.


  • Achieve - Children are equipped and encouraged to achieve and aspire to be the best that they can be, through a conscious, coherent and captivating curriculum.

‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me.’ Philippians 4:13


  • Thrive - Children are empowered to thrive through a range of captivating ‘wow’ events and experiences, linked to their local community and the wider world.

‘May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.’ Psalms 20:4

  • Care - Children foster a sense of honesty, empathy, responsibility and respect for themselves and others. Demonstrating kindness to those around them. 

‘Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’ Ephesians 4:32


  • Belong - Children experience  a sense of community and develop a voice that they know is heard, valuing themselves and others as citizens of our local and global communities.

‘We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.’ Romans 12:5


To promote spiritual development, key themes are used to promote our 4 Christian values. These themes known as Old Cleeve Stars which are shown below, are allotted to one of our core Christian values. Each Christian Value apart from Achieve is given a full terms reflection. Achieve runs consistently throughout the year.  Pupils and staff are central to the delivery of these themes, all who visit our school are given the opportunity to spiritually discuss, reflect and question during both whole school and class collective worships. Individuals additionally, have opportunities to visit our Prayer Shed and use the calming space to pray and look for guidance to enhance spiritual flourishment. These values and themes are consistently woven into the fabric of our curriculum. Through encouraging spiritual development, our children develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to grow as reflective learners and to be empathetic and ambitious citizens, both locally and in the wider world.

Our key themes…

Our key drivers are...

  • Quality first teaching - high quality, inclusive teaching for all children, built on experiential learning opportunities, to excite, enthuse and engage.


  • Conscious curriculum - a coherently planned curriculum, with reading, language and vocabulary development at its heart.


  • Core knowledge - opportunities beyond the National Curriculum, providing additional content that is both challenging and engaging. Seeking opportunities for children to develop their creativity, thinking and questioning.


  • Prior learning links - all learning experiences built on prior knowledge, ensuring that the children have opportunity to retrieve, revisit and embed their learning.


  • Insight into future learning - all learning experiences are connected to the future and children are provided with an advance insight to their future learning.


  • Precision intervention - structured intervention designed to improve the accuracy and fluency of reading, spelling and maths. Helping to ensure that the children become fluent and accurate in these essential techniques.

Our values, intent and key drivers are all cradled with a culture of safeguarding.