Our Christian distinctiveness

Within the love of God, working together, growing together for all to flourish’

Christian Distinctiveness 

St Catherine’s Church of England Primary School is a Voluntary Aided Primary School within the Diocese of Exeter. We work hard to develop and sustain our school’s Christian distinctiveness. Our Head of School and governing body have a clear vision of a school with a distinctive Christian character.


The Church of England’s vision for education (2016) is deeply Christian, with Jesus’ promise of ‘life in all its fullness’ at its heart. In line with the Church of England’s role as the established Church, their vision is for the common good of the whole community.

  • Educating for wisdom, knowledge and skills: enabling discipline, confidence and delight in seeking wisdom and knowledge, and developing talents in all areas of life.
  • Educating for hope and aspiration: enabling healing, repair and renewal, coping wisely when things go wrong, opening horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them.
  • Educating for community and living well together: a core focus on relationships, participation in communities and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.
  • Educating for dignity and respect: the basic principle of respect for the value and preciousness of each person, treating each person as a unique individual of inherent worth.

As a Church of England Voluntary Aided School, we offer an education that is distinctively Christian. Although each church school are unique, all church schools will share core values based on the Gospel values. Church schools are therefore places where loving God and loving our neighbours, is lived out in the daily life of the school. Therefore “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. St Catherine’s Primary 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 experience it offers all of its pupils”.

We strive for excellent relationships making our school a happy place to work and learn.

The key Christian values of Friendship, Justice, Courage, Perseverance and Compassion inform and support all that we do.

Children have a good understanding of how these link to Christianity through our well planned collective worship programme, ethos, code of behaviour, and curriculum opportunities.

Collectively, we aim to:

* Foster a love and enjoyment of learning.

*Create a happy, spiritual and  purposeful environment in which children can develop socially, physically, creatively and intellectually.

*Encourage children to respect and care for themselves, each other and the environment.

* Help children recognise their own self-worth and know that their views and opinions are valued. That each of them is special and unique.

* Stimulate children’s natural curiosity about and love for the world around them, helping develop their ability to question and search for answers.

* Value and encourage the active partnership between school, home and the wider community.

At St Catherine’s and indeed across the USF we have developed a range of themes and topics through which collective worship takes place. Key themes include;

Friendship, Justice, Courage, Perseverance and Compassion and the value of all human life.

We recognise that in our schools we have children from a variety of faith backgrounds and that many children have no religious background at all.

Great care is taken in our collective worship to ensure that all children feel valued and special and that their integrity as human beings is consistently upheld.