Our Christian Ethos

Realising the God Given Potential in EveryoneWelcoming Forgiving Generous Flourishing

Our Vision

Newington Church of England School supports our whole community by providing rich and creative learning opportunities to help everyone realise the God-given gifts within them; encouraging kindness, forgiveness and a generous heart. We instil self-worth and value through love, support and experiential learning so that everyone is equipped to flourish in life.

This ethos permeates all our work and informs our everyday actions and decision making at all levels.

Our Bible Story – John 1: 43-51

When Jesus was choosing his disciples he welcomed a group of ordinary people, from ordinary places. They were from small villages, perhaps like Newington, not the obvious large cities. They were humble people with humble professions; not the elite. They were people capable of extraordinary things and they had the potential to flourish and change the world. Our school welcomes and supports everyone, staff, pupils and visitors with kindness.

This was true for Nathanial. Jesus saw qualities in him that even Nathanial did not realise would have the potential they did.

It was Philip that encouraged Nathanial to meet Jesus with the words, ‘Come and See.’ If Nathanial chose to be open, willing and engage, then he would be amazed at the wonders life would hold. We too believe it is important to instil self-worth and value in adults and children.

As a school we see potential in everyone. While encouraging kindness and a generous heart it is our responsibility to develop the unique and special qualities we all possess so that we may all continue our journey and be equipped to change the world for the common good. And while we understand that our journeys will lead us in many different directions – some around the globe, some within the village – we all have the potential to make a positive difference to the lives of those who we encounter.

During the journey of experiential learning, the disciples learned to forgive, failed at times, and shared great success at others, but all of this was part of enabling them to flourish through life.

We are Newington CEP School. Come and See – you haven’t seen anything yet!

Our School Prayer


Thank you for making us a welcoming and happy school,

Let misunderstandings be forgiven.

Encourage kindness and a generous heart,

As we grow and flourish like the leaves on a tree.