Our Vision, Ethos and Values
Live Learning; Love Learning
enabling our community to live life in all its fullness
The Good Shepherd
10b I came that they may have life - life in all its fullness.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away - and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.”
Jesus tells his disciples that; “I came that they may have life - life in all its fullness.” “Life in all its fullness” is the guiding vision, and shapes the ethos, of St George’s School for all the children who learn here, all the adults who teach here and all those who support the school community in so many ways. Our purpose is to promote “life in all its fullness” through excellent education, creativity, generosity and by nurturing a safe, welcoming and accepting community. “Life in all its fullness” is about enabling aspiration through educating the whole person; integrating physical and intellectual development with spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
For us, the ‘wolf’ in the parable represents anything that potentially undermines fullness of life, such as low aspiration, perceived failure or underachievement. The school, like the good shepherd, is not a ‘hired hand’. The school and its team of staff and volunteers will always be there to serve the welfare of all the children and families who are a part of the school community, however challenging life’s circumstances may be. The task of the school is to foster a community in which everyone is valued, safe and included.
“Life in all its fullness” is an ethos that encourages all to thrive by being gently, yet firmly stretched and challenged - and equipped to enjoy and realise the abundant opportunities life offers in Purbeck and beyond.
To achieve "Life in all its fullness", our aims every day are to:
- Provide a supportive, safe and stimulating environment within a caring, Christian community.
- Promote a love of learning by offering rich opportunities connected to the natural environment, encouraging learning through living real experiences.
- Enable each pupil to achieve his/her potential, regardless of background.
- Inspire all pupils to develop positive relationships and celebrate the diversity within our world.
- Equip pupils with the life skills required to become independent, responsible, respectful and caring citizens.
Our Christian values which underpin everything we do at St George's School are Love, Compassion, Respect and Togetherness.