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Church Ethos

Our School Values:


RESPECT and INTEGRITY are the main values, followed by:







Additional values are:

Openness, Empathy, Happiness, Courage, Responsibility, Accomplishment and Thankfulness

School Aims

At Barton we aim to:

  • create a happy, welcoming  school community where we recognise, affirm and develop the unique gifts and talents of each individual
  • enable everyone to learn, grow and explore the myriad of possibilities that are open to them
  • create a safe, purposeful and stimulating learning environment where all can flourish
  • recognise and value parents as key educators of their children, fostering positive relationship and strong working partnerships between home, school, the church and the community
  • inspire the children through a rounded, exciting, creative curriculum, which draws upon their first-hand experiences and also widens their view of the world
  • capture the children’s natural curiosity and foster a desire for learning and achievement in a changing and challenging world
  • develop a sense of pride, self-motivation, confidence, independence and a love of learning
  • value and celebrate diversity within the school and beyond
  • enable collective worship to be a creative, reflective, spiritual experience
  • promote Christian values, and through them encourage all to develop their sense of personal worth, respect for others and  reverence for life
  • be an inclusive community which also seeks opportunities to help and support others 


The school's ethos is formally described in the Instrument of Governance (2006) as follows:


"Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experiences it offers to all its pupils."



We have a daily time of collective worship for all pupils and teaching staff. This includes:


GATHERING - we gather together and greet each other, often using a passage from the Bible.
ENGAGING - we engage with the big things and the little things in life, where we have an opportunity to listen to God’s message for us.
RESPONDING -we respond to what we have heard and seen and this may be in song or prayer or a time of quiet and reflection.
SENDING - we are sent out to love and serve one another and to make a difference in the world, often with special words of blessing.


Parents have the right to withdraw their children from R.E. and Collective Worship. The Headteacher must be notified of the request in writing and alternative arrangements will be made for your child.

SIAMS (Church School Inspection) 2017