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Values & Ethos

Church Ethos

Compton is a large Voluntary Controlled Church of England Primary School, 2 miles North of the centre of Plymouth, in the Diocese of Exeter. It was originally founded by the Church in the mid-19th century and moved to its present site in 1963; it continues to be at the heart of the community.

At Compton we strive to preserve and develop the school’s religious character through our Christian vision and values and in close partnership with our local parish church, Emmanuel. Our school’s character and Christian ethos is based on the principles and in accordance with the practice of the Church of England and Exeter Diocese.


About our vision and values:

Our vision and values were adopted following consultation and positive feedback from our strong community of staff, governors, parents and children. They are now becoming firmly embedded in our school culture and form the foundation of our Christian distinctiveness.

We believe our vision encapsulates the unique spirit of Compton C of E Primary School. John 10:10 is a perfect fit for our aspirations for life at Compton. The Bible talks about Jesus being the “Good Shepherd” protecting and nurturing his sheep. He cares for them and gives them all the good things they need, in abundance, to help them ‘flourish’. Jesus’ example encourages senior leadership and staff to ensure everyone in our community is able to flourish.

Our vision inspires us to work for the common good and for the welfare of the whole community and its environment. We aim to promote a sense of self-worth and resilience along with responsibility that enables every child to grow like a tall tree, firmly rooted and able to meet life’s challenges. (Psalm 92:12)

Our vision encourages a respect for and a celebration of the uniqueness of every individual and family. Whatever your beliefs or background, we want you to feel welcome, valued and nurtured at our school.

Furthermore, we provide an environment which enables all children to ‘learn’. We have high expectations and aim to build positive partnerships between home and school, so that all children are supported and can ‘achieve’. The wealth of opportunities available to our children enables them to ‘flourish’, while they are with us and form a firm foundation for life beyond Compton.

In short, our Christian vision and values are rooted in the Bible and the teaching and example of Jesus. They inspire us to embrace academic excellence and rigour and ensure that everyone can flourish and achieve their fullest potential.