Kirkstall St. Stephen’s C of E (Voluntary Aided) Primary School

KSS Values Tree

KSS Visual Ethos Statement- ‘KSS Values Tree’

Our school ethos is represented by the KSS Values Tree. We aim for children to be given a firm foundation in life rooted in Christian values, sustained by God's love. We recognise that each child is unique and a valued child of God who needs nurturing to reach their full potential. The trunk represents our curriculum which is creative, rich and demanding and developing core skills of numeracy and literacy. The curriculum is enriched by visits, visitors and extra-curricular activities and has a global dimension. We aim for our children to leave our school with certain attributes - these are as follows: resilient and able to adapt to a changing world, able to work collaboratively, concerned for our world, hopeful for the future, able to listen to others, willing to experiment, make mistakes and try again, able to take responsibility, caring and compassionate, appreciative of God, respectful of diversity, motivated and enthusiastic in their learning. These are represented by fruit on the tree. We have six core values which were chosen by the children and staff - these are thankfulness, trust, perseverance, respect, justice and forgiveness.

Summary Sentence: Our school ethos represented by the KSS Values Tree; showing children’s growth as a tree planted firmly into God’s sustaining love and rooted in our school values of: trust, justice, perseverance, respect, thankfulness and forgiveness.  This is based on Psalm 1.

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of
all children, and expects our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.