Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens. Our school values are:
This spells out CHRIST, which, as one pupil involved in process for the creation of a new set of values in 2018 said, 'This shows we are a Christian school with Christ right at the centre.'
We are proud of our vision and recognise that, particularly throughout COVID, each one of us played and continues now to contribute our part in keeping our school community safe and happy. Staff commit daily to providing the best possible learning opportunities both educational, emotional and spiritual.
We have an active and supportive partnership with The Bridge Youth Project, a Salisbury based Christian educational charity and welcomed our first Chaplain, Georg Knights, as part of a pilot in September 2022. She is working alongside and in support of the head and the staff, supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and she contributes a Christian viewpoint to all of our RE lessons across the school.
We are proud of our rich village Christian heritage which was celebrated particularly on our 150th birthday in 2021 and remember that we have some pretty special influential characters who have travelled before us in the footsteps we now take:
In the 12th century, a young Thomas a Becket was parish priest at Winterbourne Gunner before he became Archbishop of Canterbury. He used to walk over to Clarendon Palace to take services in the chapel of King Henry II. The route he took would have passed through our school grounds and over the River Bourne at the Laverstock junction now called St Thomas’ Bridge. Our village was named after Earl of Salisbury, William Longspee, who lived at the manor house. He was a son of Henry II, an accomplished military leader and served his brothers King Richard the Lionheart and King John. He was also one of the barons who had advised John to grant Magna Carta, a hugely significant pillar of our democracy, and in 1220 he placed a foundation stone in our cathedral. These people who served their King and community went before us and paved the way.