Values and Ethos

‘Our key aim at Henley in Arden Church of England Primary School is “to bless every child spiritually, emotionally and academically during their time with us, following Jesus’ example so they leave our school knowing they are loved, cared for and able to achieve success in their careers, relationships and citizenship.” Through clear direction and collaboration, the staff and governors believe we can achieve this by providing…

  • A strong basis of Christian values
  • An innovative learning environment which promotes independent learning and self assessment
  • A supportive learning community where high quality teaching shapes learning, ensuring high attainment
  • A meaningful, purposeful and relevant curriculum to meet the children’s individual needs
  • A partnership with families and the wider community including St John’s Church, Henley
  • A safe caring environment where high standards of behaviour are expected and valued
  • Opportunities for social responsibility and a sense of awe for the world in which they live …enabling everyone at Henley to develop a sense of self worth and a love for life long learning.

School RESPECT Code

Our school prides itself on the good behaviour of its pupils. We encourage a caring attitude towards other children, the school community and the local environment. Every individual is valued as unique and special, and all have the opportunity to feel part of a caring school. We encourage all our children, through our RESPECT code:

Responsible for your learning and behaviour

Everyone is kind, helpful and thoughtful

Show God’s forgiveness

Persevere with your learning always

Empathy – Consider others and their feelings

Courage to make the right choices

Tell the truth



1. Autumn Term –  Trust

Our Christian Value this half term is ‘Trust’ and we will be using many biblical teachings to help explore the value. Truth is the very essence of faith, trust in the God who is trustworthy. Trust is essential to human life and lies at the heart of all relationships. Trust is central to civilised society, to living together in harmony and so it is to be valued and honoured.

Our main bible story is Storm on the Lake, you can use the version below or read together the story on the take home sheet.

Jesus Calms the Storm

After Jesus had spent a full day teaching on the shores of the Sea of Galilee he said to his disciples, “Let us go to the other side.” So they left the crowd and got into a boat to cross over.

After awhile there arose a great and mighty storm on the sea. The storm was so great that the boat was being covered with the waves washing over it and began filling up with water.

While the storm was rocking the boat Jesus was fast asleep on a cushion in the stern. The disciples came and woke him up and said, “Save us Lord; we are going to die! Do you not care that we are perishing”

He said to them, “Why are you afraid, Do you still have no faith?” Then Jesus got up and rebuked the winds and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed and said, “What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”

Matthew 8:23-27

Mark 4:35-41

Luke 8:22-25

Jesus Calms The Storm

Jesus and his disciples board a boat to cross to the other side of the lake. Jesus falls asleep during a huge storm, while his disciples fear for their lives. They wake Jesus and he simply tells the storm to stop!


Things to discuss at home

The value we are focussing on this term is ‘Courage’, we are using the story of St George and The Dragon and the bible story of David and Goliath amongst many others in order to help children to put their trust in God to be there for them in all situations. It aims to help them have the courage to overcome fear, make a stand for what is right and to encourage others to persevere.

God’s Story: David and Goliath

Once a young boy named David defeated a giant who was over nine feet tall. He fought Goliath when everybody else was too scared. This is the story of what happened when David agreed to take on Goliath (1 Samuel 17).

Things to discuss at home