Stanford in the Vale CE Primary School

High Street Stanford In The Vale Faringdon Oxon. SN7 8LH
Tel: 01367 710474 Fax: 01367 718429
Headteacher: Mrs Amanda Willis
Page Updated 26.10.20

Our School Vision

Our Mission Statement
Working together, Achieving together

Stanford in the Vale Church of England Primary School takes as its biblical base for its mission statement 'Working together, Achieving together', the Old Testament story of Nehemiah, and the rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.

Nehemiah lived in the city of Susa and worked in King Artaxerxes' palace. He was a special helper to the king. Everyday Nehemiah faithfully served the King.

One day, Nehemiah's brother came to visit. He told Nehemiah some sad news about the city of Jerusalem where their family had once lived. His brother said, "The wall and gates surrounding the city are all fallen down. The people are in trouble.

This news troubled Nehemiah. He wanted to help, but he didn't know how—so he prayed and asked God what he should do.

Later, when Nehemiah was serving King Artaxerxes, the king noticed that Nehemiah looked sad. He asked Nehemiah why he was so sad. Nehemiah told the king, "The city where my people lived has been destroyed and the gates are torn down.

The king asked Nehemiah what he wanted to do. Nehemiah prayed and asked God what to say to the king. Then he said, "Please let me go home and rebuild Jerusalem's wall and gates. The king wanted to help Nehemiah, so he allowed him to go to Jerusalem to work to repair the city. He even helped Nehemiah get the lumber he would need.

When Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem, he rode around the city to see what needed to be done. Then he told the people he had returned to Jerusalem to rebuild its wall and gates. He also told them he would need lots of help.

People from all over helped with this huge building project. Imagine it with me. "Bang! Bang! Bang! went the hammers. "Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! went the saws. The people worked hard, and in 52 days the wall and gates were finished. The people celebrated and worshiped God because now they had a secure wall and strong gates around their city.

Nehemiah was thankful that God had used him to help do this important work.

Our Four Key Drivers are:
Personal, Social and Emotional Well-being
Spiritual Diversity
Community and Environment
Life Skills

Our Vision


  1. We value the whole child, regardless of gender, race, ability and beliefs.
  2. We value having a supportive Christian ethos, whilst respecting spiritual beliefs of others.
  3. We value learning in a safe, happy, stimulating environment.
  4. We value the importance of all children, parents, staff, governors and the wider community in achieving our aims.


  1. We aim to enable each child to reach their full potential and believe in themselves.
  2. We aim to nurture each child to become a confident, independent learner, who is willing to take risks.
  3. We aim to promote respect and acceptance of others through our Christian values and beliefs.
  4. We aim to provide opportunities to develop life skills in a fun and enjoyable way.
  5. We aim to make a positive contribution to the church, village and develop a sense of belonging to the wider world.
  6. We aim to prepare our children for life beyond our school.
  7. We aim to encourage our children to create a sustainable environment for the future.
  8. We aim to be an exceptional school.