Vision and Values

We are committed to being an inclusive and nurturing community of learning, opportunity and ambition who support everyone to broaden their horizons and reach their full potential, regardless of background. 

"And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength... Love your neighbour as yourself." Mark 12v30-31

We aim to MOTIVATE children from all backgrounds to develop a love of life and of learning. Our broad and rich curriculum provides children with a wide range of high quality learning experiences and opportunities to enrich and inspire. Through this, we nurture and MENTOR our learners to be happy, successful and supportive of one another. We build their self-confidence to MASTER their individual talents and skills so that they may flourish and be aspirational as they move onto their next stage of learning and go on to play an active role within their communities.

Underpinned by our core Christian values, we are committed to providing and developing a positive, safe and stimulating learning environment where everyone can learn and grow, feeling uniquely valued and nurtured. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive school at the heart of the community, with a 'family feel' and a passion for outdoor learning. We passionately believe that everyone has the potential to succeed.


Our core Christian values

Our core Christian values permeate through school life. They guide us all and help us to reflect upon how we can be compassionate, respectful, aspirational individuals with the resilience to cope with the challenges of life.

Our school strives to be at the centre of our local community, with positive and effective links to the wider world. Through this, children engage with different religions and cultures with the aim of encouraging them to appreciate, enjoy and care for the world we all live in.

Six Christian values form the essence of school life. Our ‘oak leaf’ conveys these values around school. Reflecting how we live, learn and grow together, the ‘oak leaf’ also signifies our link within the Acorn MAT and how each of us is part of something bigger. Each value has a half-termly focus within Collective Worship, engaging the whole school community in understanding and living out our values as individuals, as family and within the local community and the wider world.


Love and Compasssion 

"You have heard the law that says, 'Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy.' But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. [...] If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? [...] If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else?"                                     Extracts from Matthew 5:43-47

At Marshwood we:

 - know that we belong and are loved

 - are safe, loved and care for ourselves, one another, and the world around us

 - recognise our part in the wider community and global family


And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.                                   Colossians 3:15

At Marshwood we:

 - are appreciative of the world around us

 - are thankful for families, friendships and communities in which we play an active part

 - know that we all have unique skills and talents that are to be valued and celebrated


Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.                                 2 Corinthians 13:11

At Marshwood we:

 - are peace makers and peace keepers

 - are all individuals who have equal value, equal rights, and equal responsibilities


Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.                    Ephesians 6:7

At Marshwood we:

 - are honest with ourselves and others

 - aim to do our best in everything we do

 - believe that everyone has an important part to play in life


Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”

“No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!                                     Matthew 18:21-22

At Marshwood we:

 - treat everyone as we would like to be treated

 - listen to and respect everyone's views

 - understand that it is OK to make mistakes 


We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.                          Romans 5:3-4

At Marshwood we:

 - believe that there are no limits on our potential

 - aim high and keep on persevering, even in the face of challenges

 - focus on developing a healthy body, mind and soul