Cudham Church of England Primary School

Our Virtues

Together, we aim, believe and achieve.

Our school virtues are love, respect, courage, faith, compassion and trust. Although these virtues are not the only virtues we seek to develop in our pupils, they are the Christian virtues specially chosen by pupils, parents, staff and leaders.

Love is our most important virtue, as Saint Paul said ‘if I do not have love, I am nothing’ (1 Corinthians 13:2). It underpins all other virtues, and binds them together (Colossians 3:14) It is a love that is outward looking and can also be understood as compassion. So much of our charity work at school stems from this love and compassion for others and the world. Again in his letter to the Colossians, Paul says ‘clothe yourself in compassion…’ (3:12). Faith is a key to our identity as a Church of England school, but is not only faith in God that we emphasise but also faith in ourselves and others. We need faith in each other to grow as a community. Trust is the very essence of faith, trusting in God is a central theme of the Psalms, but is an essential to human life and building relationships. Courage is a virtue that we think is vital for our pupils to develop in their time here at Cudham. In the world we are called to be a voice of truth and help transform the world to be a better place. We need courage to do this. Respect is a way we show our care for others, regardless of their background or starting point in life.

All of our Christian Virtues are key to sustaining a loving and welcoming community for all who are visiting or are part of our School. All this ensures all members of our community enjoys life in all its fullness.

Worship is vital to our identity as a Christian community, and is an expression of our spirituality, beliefs and ethos. The biblical roots of our virtues are explored and developed particularly through our daily collective worship.