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Ethos & Values

Our Vision


Every child of God matters. Every person in our school community has been made in the image of God (Gen 1:27) and is loved unconditionally by God. Everyone is equal in the sight of God. Therefore we seek to love one another and serve one another as Jesus did. All in their unique difference are able to flourish.

Mission Statement



Together we will do our best to achieve our school aims.


Be Healthy........Look after our body and spirit that God made

· Create opportunities in the school day for prayer, worship, reflection, and stillness

· Provide opportunities to develop in the Christian faith, and to respect those of a different faith or no faith position

· Look at relationships and health in the light of moral, cultural and faith values

Stay safe..........Trust in God

· Ensure that pupils are able to practice their faith without fear of prejudice or bullying

· Promote, within the  Christian ethos, self-worth, self respect and trust

· Foster an atmosphere of respect and listening where concerns can be voiced and questions raised, and then appropriate actions taken

Enjoy and achieve...........Use our Talents

· Praise and celebrate achievements in all fields

· Provide  opportunities for pupils to express their learning in a variety of ways

· Emphasise that humans do fail at times and that we can learn from our failures too

Make a positive contribution.......Be generous

· Demonstrate ways of living based on Christian values

· Show what it means to love one’s neighbour

· Extend opportunities for pupils to contribute to the worship life of the school

· Encourage prayer for others

· Encourage initiatives which promote social cohesion and caring for the environment

· Develop links with religious communities outside the school

· Develop links with schools serving different communities either at home or abroad

Achieve economic wellbeing......Serve God and others

· Promote an understanding of Christian stewardship and a responsibility to look after the planet’s resources

· Contribute towards the church’s work in helping people locally and in other parts of the world

· Explore the lifestyles of those who have chosen to follow the teaching of Jesus about trusting God

· Encourage the sharing of resources with others and collaboration

· Participate in a range of charitable activities



Our Core Values




Respect: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7.12

Jesus loved every person equally. He showed particular bias to those who were poor, in need or at the margins of society at that time.

Love: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you”. John 15:12

Our schools is one where Christian love is manifest in everything. Love for each other, for our world and for our communities.

Forgiveness: “Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive others.” Colossians 3.13

We always offer forgiveness and a fresh start to children and adults who have made mistakes. We believe that learning from the past and not holding grudges will help develop character by making us more resilient

Service: “Serve one another in love.” Galatians 5.13

One of the fundamental beliefs of the Christian faith is to know, love and serve God, and one way of doing that is by loving and serving others.

Trust: “My God is my strength in whom I trust.” Psalm 18.2

Jesus demonstrated his trust in God throughout his life. We try to follow the example of Jesus. We encourage children to reflect on why trust is so crucial in relationships and what the consequences might be when it is broken.

Wholeheartedness. Learn what it is to be HeartSmart and how we can Power ON to love ourselves and others well.


The life of our heart affects the whole of our life. What we put into our hearts will affect what we put our hearts into. Our lives will be greater or worse, more courageous or more fearful as a result of what’s in our heart.  Therefore, learning how and when to lead and guard our hearts is essential for resilient living.  But we can’t be resilient if we’re not first responsible. We can’t choose well if we don’t yet understand the relationship between the choices we make and the consequences we experience as a result.  Get HeartSmart is about recognising that we have the power to choose well. It comes first because it sets the context for the HeartSmart High Five.

It’s like a bookshelf that the five principles rest on. Get HeartSmart is about self mastery and taking ownership of the decisions we make, which is foundational to becoming a powerful person.



Burnley pupils light up St Paul's Cathedral with spirited performance

Children from St Peter’s Primary School performed to an audience of over 200 people from across the world at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday. The pupils gave a delightful programme of choral music, having worked with cathedral musician Tom Daggett, himself from Burnley. The venture was supported by the Rotary Club of Burnley Pendleside, in addition to the children’s own fundraising, which paid for an open-top bus tour of the capital. The group left a lasting mark of their visit through a piece of contemporary artwork on the Millennium Bridge. Ben Wilson a.k.a. ‘Chewing Gum Man’ dedicated one of his paintings to St Peter’s, to the amazement of the children and staff. Tom Daggett said: "St Paul’s Cathedral is thrilled to work with children from Burnley, as part of our musical outreach. “This was not just any school trip - the children prepared for months in advance, and performed with spirit, style, and excellent teamwork. I am so proud of them, and we look forward to building on our Lancashire links."

Pupils from St Peter's School enjoying their trip to London

Bethany Children's Choir


On the 20th November 2019 we welcomed the Bethany Family into our school. The Bethany Project is a children's home and school in Tanzania. The children in the family were once either orphaned, abandoned or abused and many have suffered traumatic experiences. 

The Bethany Children's Choir are currently travelling around locally to bring an awareness of living conditions, cultural difference and poverty in Tanzania. They have sung and danced for us, as well as talking about their experiences and answering our questions. 

We loved that the children's moto, that they live by in the children's home is 'love one another' which is close to our hearts at St Peter's.  We recognise that ever person in our school has been made in the image of God and is loved unconditionally by God which is why we love one another and serve others as Jesus did. 

Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy


Mary's Meals World Porridge Day


Happy World Porridge day 2019 everyone!

Thank you to everyone who brought a 50 pence donation for porridge today. We raise £60.50.

As it only costs £2 to feed a child for an entire month, you will be making a massive different to the lives of chronically hungry children!

Mary's Meals provide meals for children in Malawi, Zambia and Liberia. A simple bowl of likuni phala (porridge) in school brings so much joy and hope and provides the energy the children need to focus on their education and look towards a brighter future. 

Thank you for helping us bring hope to a hungry world!

Dignity and Respect


Bishop's Harvest Appeal


We're engaging in the Bishop's Harvest Appeal 2019 which is supporting two charities. In Honduras, Christian America Christian Aid is working to empower women with solar driers and improved farming techniques. In Malawi, the Friends of Mulanje Orphans are working to provide healthcare, education, activities and food to the many orphans in that district of Malawi. We are also collecting tins and packet food for the Burnley Food Bank, which we will take into church next week for the Harvest Service. 


God of creation, source of all life, we thank you for all the good gifts you provide.

Forgive us Lord when we fail to hear the cries our neighbours.

We are truly sorry, inspire us to act so that all may receive their daily bread.

May they be blessed with an abundant harvest, and may your kingdom come,

on earth as it is in heaven.



Anti Bullying Week


The theme for Anti Bullying week 2019 was 'change starts with us' which at St Peter's we related to our Christian Values and St Peter's promise.


Small change. Big difference.

Whether it is verbal, physical, online or in-person, bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life well in to adulthood. By making small, simple changes, we can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone. Because together, we can challenge bullying. Change starts with a conversation. It starts with checking in. It starts with work together.

Change starts here.
Change starts now.
Change starts with us.

Did you know that 40% of children would hide an aspect of what makes them unique because they were worried about bullying? 40% of children experience bullying each year. 



Remembrance Service 2019


On Monday the 11th November 2019 the children and the staff of St Peter's C of E Primary School commemorated Armistice Day with a service lead by Year 6 pupils in St Peter's Church grounds. Prior to the service the children had made poppies from recycled plastic bottles to decorate the trees in the Church yard making a wonderful and symbolic outdoor display of Remembrance. 

We took part in a Remembrance Service to give thanks for the men and women who have served and are serving in the armed forces. For those who have given their lives so that we might be free. 

Dear Father God,

We give thanks for the lives of men and women who have served in the armed forces and paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live as free people in peace. We ask for your blessing upon the men and women seriving in the armed forces today, keep them strong and safe. Amen



Osiligi Warriors


At St Peter's our curriculum encourages a respect for difference, diversity and ways of living. Our pupil's say 'they feel safe to express their views without being made fun of in a culture of mutal respect'. 

We welcomed the Osiligi Maasai Warriors into school to perform for us. They come from the village of Oleopolos and surrounding communities in southern Kenya, around thirty miles south of Nairobi. They performed authentic and exciting Maasai tribal songs and dance plus the world-famous Maasai jumping.

The warriors work performing in schools and churches. They work with a UK charity working in the Maasai areas of Kenya. The charity helps families out of poverty through education, health and providing local clean water and by assisting people to become more economically active.  Helping Kenya and Africa help itself is our main objective.

Osiligi is the Maasai word for ‘hope’ and this is the charity’s objective of providing hope to this community.

International Day of Peace


The 21st September is International Day of Peace. At St Peter's we pray today for our school to be filled with your gift of peace. Take away any anxiety and worry so our minds become calm. Help us to say sorry to one another so that arguements are resolved. May we work well together, be kind to each other and act in a thoughtful manner. Amen.

So what is ‘peace’ and is it important?

Peace means respecting others and working towards fairness and understanding. It is more than just avoiding war. Jesus taught that to work for peace is to be blessed. It is important for Christians to strive for a world where people are treated with respect and dignity and where hatred and violence are not used as the answer to problems.

Within Buddhism, it is important to use words that bring about peace. Our words should not hurt or harm, but should bring about help, support and encouragement..

In Islam, people who are arguing or in conflict should seek peace and reconciliation.

Is peace ever possible? We might feel hopeless when we think about the ideal of having a world at peace. Listen to the story of the starfish:

An old man walked along a shore littered with thousands of starfish, beached and dying after a storm.
A young girl was picking them up and flinging them back into the ocean.
‘Why do you bother?’ the old man asked. ‘You’re not saving enough to make a difference.’ 
The young girl picked up another starfish, sent it spinning back to the water and said, ‘It made a difference to that one.’

This story teaches us that our small actions can make a difference. Many people around the world performing small acts of peace CAN make a difference.

Mother Teresa said, ‘Peace begins with a smile.’
Could we commit - as a way to commemorate Peace One Day in 2019 - to smile at others?

Classroom Charters


Classroom charters, devised through discussion with the children, are displayed in each classroom in a way which can be understood by all children (photographs, diagrams, cartoons).

They focus on the basic fundamental rights we should all expect to enjoy at school: The right to respect and fair treatment; the right to learn without being distracted by others and the right to feel safe and be safe.

The charters are written using inclusive and positive language. All the children sign the charter. A copy is made and sent home to parents.

The emphasis of behaviour management focuses on the rights that are affected. Children are encouraged to think about how their behaviour affects others.