Dorchester St Birinus Primary School

Dorchester St Birinus Church of England School

Vision and Values


At Dorchester St Birinus C of E Primary we aim to enable and empower our children to become:

Happy, healthy, informed individuals.

 Our vision is supported by the teaching of Jesus in the Bible:  

'You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.'     Matthew 5: 14-16  

Values - let your light shine

The vision is supported by our core values of

  • Compassion
  • Knowledge
  • Diversity

Through compassion we develop a sense of self-esteem and self-confidence to enable our children to develop resilience and inner strength. We give our children opportunities to understand and learn how to manage their emotions so that they can develop healthy relationships and friendships. Through compassion and our Christian ethos we teach kindness, honesty, politeness and respect for each other so we are all able to feel cherished and happy.

We also value compassion for the environment and the world around us; encouraging our children to develop their sense of belonging in our school community, their local area and to become global citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

We value knowledge. We teach our children how to have a growth mindset in order to create ambitious and aspirational learners. We encourage creativity; finding new ways to solve problems to develop resilience and be able to achieve highly.

We value knowledge of the wider world and ensure that our curriculum gives opportunities for learning about current affairs and issues affecting the world such as deforestation and poverty.

We are inclusive and celebrate our differences by valuing diversity. We teach our children to identify and acknowledge their skills, talents, culture and background that makes them unique. We value diversity by allowing our children to challenge stereotypes and become courageous advocates for all. We teach our children not to be prejudiced or make judgements about people based on race, gender, sexuality or disability. We teach our children that we are all different but all equal.