Our Values & Ethos

Our Vision

Our vision statement reflects all we do at St Michael at Bowes


To explain our vision statement we have detailed what each phrase means:


In this school Christianity forms the core of what we uphold and teach; we believe it to be evident in the ethos of the school. At the same time, we acknowledge and value the multi-faith nature of our community and society. 

We are accepting of others in line with the wider values of our city and country, which is reflected in the Christian tenet of‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’Matthew 22:39


God is our foundation; we build on this based on Jesus’ teachings. Expanding on and enhancing the values, our children and families live by.

‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.’ Matthew 7:24-27


With a Growth Mindset we strive to be the best we can be, not only academically, but also morally, socially and spiritually.

‘You will enjoy what you work for and you will be blessed with good things.’ Psalm 128:2

Our Mission Statement

St Michael at Bowes is a Church of England school, reflecting Christian values. We believe that every child should have a happy, safe, secure and disciplined environment in order that all children may thrive and reach their full potential.

We are committed towards an environment that reflects our Christian values and provides equal opportunities for all members of the school community. We strive for continual progress and development with the purpose of improving standards, raising attainment and enhancing the quality of learning and teaching.

Our Aims

We believe that children should be happy, enjoy coming to school, take away with them happy memories and be able to make good friendships with other people.

To make sure our children always have good manners, behave well and have a smart appearance.

To encourage our children to be more confident and believe in themselves and what they can achieve, so they can develop knowledge, skills and care for others.

To help our children to become independent learners, always asking questions about the world around them.

To teach our children to accept and show respect for other peoples’ views, beliefs and cultures, to have respect for themselves and know they are important and special.

To make sure parents, governors, staff and the community all work well together to give our children an environment in which each child can reach for the stars and achieve their targets.

Our School Values

Our school values, firmly rooted in Christian values, underpin all the work we do as a school. Our pupils learn what each value means and why it is so important. They also learn how to demonstrate each value in their daily lives.

Our six values are:

  • Caring – represented by a doctor. Designed by Year 3
  • Cooperation  – represented by an Olympic athlete. Designed by Year 5
  • Fairness – represented by a football referee. Designed by the teaching staff
  • Honesty – represented by a high court judge. Designed by 4
  • Resilience – represented by a graduating student. Designed by teaching assistants
  • Respect – represented by a bear dressed in recycled clothing to demonstrate respect for the earth. Designed by Year 6