Our School Vision
‘We live life in all its fullness’
When Jesus spoke the words of John 10:10 to his disciples he had a vision for them that went beyond what they could see at that moment in time.
At Bishops Lydeard Church School, we have that vision for all our children. We want every lesson, experience, and day in our school to expose children to an education without limits, full of the joy and fullness of life.
Our vision extends to our local community, where we want to see our bustling village impacted by the courageous care and vision of our pupils. We believe that by walking through life together, we can flourish together; creating the best outcomes, opportunities, and results for all.
This vision underpins everything that we do at the school. We believe that our Christian distinctiveness enhances our care for every individual child, our goals for success, and provides a light to our children’s future paths.
Our School Values
Bishops Lydeard Church School is an academy school, rooted in the local community. We are proud of our Christian ethos and distinctiveness. We believe that each child is a beacon of light to the world around us. We have faith that God has amazing plans and purposes for our lives, and that through our Christian Values we can learn and live a life in all its abundance.
We are an inclusive and energetic school where every child, regardless of history, socio-economic background, special educational need, disability or ethnicity, is included as integral part of the school family. We are building a school that impacts the world around us with respect, endurance and friendship.
God’s love helps us: Respect each other, show Endurance and be a Friend to the World
Bishops Lydeard Church School is a Christian school which recognises and values the uniqueness of every child, helping all on their journey to experience and achieve life in all its fullness. Through the enduring Christian values of respect, endurance and friendship, our ethos brings light to our pupils and guides our path together.
Modeled on God’s love: following the example of the Good Samaritan
“And when he saw him, he had compassion, bandaging his wounds, pouring on oil and wine and setting him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” (Luke 10:33-34)
In a time when people were judged on where they came from and the life they led, the Good Samaritan triumphs as a human who turned all those judgments aside to sacrificially love another. He set an example needed in this world – that we will be a people who love others through action.
Loving one another is shown by how we display attitudes, behaviour and actions to one other. The good Samaritan and Jesus Christ both showed that love only has true impact if it is acted upon. In our day to day life there are times when the act of love takes true sacrifice, to bury our own opinions and feelings to do what is right and of the greatest benefit of others. We work to rebuild broken relationships, to act out of selflessness and to treat people kindly, even if in that moment they may not deserve it. This is displayed by staff and students by the impact of the golden rules, and a behaviour policy based in giving children another chance.
Respect individual value: understanding we made in the image of God
“So God created man in His own image…Then God blessed them, and God said to them,’Be fruitful and Multiply,’” (Genesis 1:27-28)
When God created the heavens and the earth the Bible says that everything he made was good. The triumph of all this was his final creation – Mankind. God created man in his own image with a plan to bless his people, to see them multiply, and to grow strong in all his goodness.
The Oxford dictionary defines respect as a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. Our school goes further than this to state that it is not merely the action, ability or qualities of the people around us, but by their importance to God. If God made everyone at Bishops Lydeard Church School in his image then he holds all the staff and pupils of our school in the highest of regard. We then as a school display this through positive responses, thoughtfulness, kindness and a lack of judgement.
Endurance to run the race: passionate for our goals like the Apostle Paul
“Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” (Hebrews 12: 1)
The Apostle Paul started life as the greatest opponent of Christianity. He judged, convicted and stopped Christians from fulfilling the promises of Jesus. He soon changed after meeting the life altering power of Christ. That power gave him a goal and dream to see the gospel of Christ spread to all corners of the world.
Bishops Lydeard has a commitment to excellence, high standards and higher expectations. However, through the school value of endurance, we instill in children the attitude of perseverance and passion to succeed. Our children know that mistakes are made and learnt from, successes can be improved upon and life is more than the thought of getting something right or wrong. Our children are resilient and passionate to achieve all their potential; to finish the race set before them at a full run.
Friends to the World: reflecting the mission of Jesus Christ
“ No one, when he has a lit lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lamp stand, that those who come in may see the light.” (Luke 11:33)
Jesus came as the light of the world, to lead and guide humanity back to a better way of life. He didn’t want anyone to miss out on the best that life has to offer. When he went to glory he left his people with a commission to go out into the world.
Our school has a song that has turned into an anthem for our Christian Values. In the chorus we sing, “My Lighthouse, Shining in the darkness, I will follow you.” Just like a lighthouse on the cliff tops, we believe that our children are beacons of hope and guidance to the world around them. We teach, train and believe that our children have an impact to whomever they speak to. This can been seen in their passion to raise money for charity, to impact our local community, the dedication that no matter their physical situation that they will sacrifice their comfort for the good of others, and with their kindness to give things up for the benefit of those less fortunate than themselves. Our links to the local church, Co-op and community shout our goal to be a friend to the world.