Vision and Values

Harbertonford Primary is a Church of England school with a family feel and nurturing ethos, putting pupils at the core of all that we do. We aim to provide an education underpinned by Wisdom, Hope, Community and Dignity, which lie at the heart of all that we are.

It is of the utmost importance to us that we serve our whole community, without exception or exclusion.  Our vision and values very much relate to who we are as a village school and to our Christian distinctiveness; please investigate ‘Our Ethos’ tabs for further information.

Pupils are encouraged to become responsible, independent learners who feel safe to take risks and trust that making mistakes is part of how we grow.

Our small school provides big opportunities to broaden horizons and prepare pupils for the fullness of life through aspiration and our core Christian values. We learn to flourish together through mutual respect, compassion and forgiveness.

Live, Learn, Flourish. 


Our Christian Values
Teachers, parents, pupils and our School Committee all contributed to the review of our school values through 2017-18. Here are the ones that we decided are core to us at Harbertonford: Trust, Forgiveness, Respect, Friendship (belonging), Compassion and Responsibility.

Our values are supported by teachings and stories from the Bible:
  • Trust – Noah’s Ark Genesis 6-8
    ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart.’ Proverbs 3:5

  • Forgiveness – The Lost Son Luke 15: 11-32
    ‘Be kind and forgive one another as God in Christ forgave you.’ Ephesians 4:32

  • Respect – The 10 Commandments Exodus 20: 1-17
    ‘As you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.’ Luke 6: 33

  • Friendship (belonging) – 12 Special Friends John 1: 35-49 & Acts 1: 12-26
    ‘This is my command to you: Love one another.’ John 15: 17

  • Compassion – The Good Samaritan Luke 10: 25-37
    ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’ Mark 12:31 (The second of the 10 commandments)

  • Responsibility – Jonah and the Whale Book of Jonah, Chp 1-3
    ‘For each one should carry his own load’ Galatians 6:5
We meet daily for an act of collective worship (CW), which provides an opportunity to reflect and express the Christian ethos of our school. The Open the Book team visit us fortnightly to dramatise bible stories and members of our children’s Ethos Team led some of our collective worship throughout the year.

Our pattern of Collective Worship:
Monday – Whole school Open the Book or values Collective Worship (fortnightly rotation)
Tuesday – Whole school values themed CW
Wednesday – CW in St. Peter’s church/CW through music and singing (fortnightly rotation).
Thursday – Class based CW; opportunity to reflect on our current value focus
Friday – Whole school celebration act of worship, including pupils’ achievements