Our values are underpinned by our Christian ethos.
Everyone associated with The Sycamore Church of England Trust is encouraged to explore their own spirituality and to appreciate and understand that of others. We recognise that our values are held in common by people of different faiths and by schools without a designated faith. It is for this reason that we will also support and sponsor non-Church of England schools, as well as those within the faith.
Our shared values of inclusion, compassion, aspiration, resilience and excellence are fundamental to the way in which all the schools in the trust operate on a day-to-day basis. We are proud of our culture and the ways in which we are embedding these values right across the trust.
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more signiﬁcant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” Philippians 2:3-4
We understand everyone is equal, without exception. We value and encourage diversity and difference. We proactively seek to learn from others
“Be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” 1 Peter 3:8
We care for each other. We respect each other and treat our friends and colleagues how they would expect to be treated. We create safe environments, where all can flourish and become caring, responsible, and compassionate members of their communities.
“But the plans of the Lord stand ﬁrm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” Psalm 33:11
We set high expectations for ourselves, our children and our staff so that each of us is supported to achieve our own potential. We expect nothing but the best from ourselves and from others.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
We are ambitious and reﬂective. We are determined and brave in making decisions and when facing challenges. We expect our schools to provide us with the skills and knowledge to guide us through our future as lifelong learners.
“But as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you – see that you excel in this act of grace also.” 2 Corinthians 8:7
We provide rigorous support and challenge, striving always to do our very best so we fulfill our potential, flourishing individually and together.
These values are at the very core of our Trust and are embraced by our leaders, teachers, staff, parents, and children alike. We actively encourage collaboration. Schools joining our Trust do so with the prime aim of improving each other so that they can all become great.