Values and Ethos

Our Vision

Aligned to our Christian foundation, our vision is driven by our belief in providing a high quality education that provides opportunities for everyone to reach his or her potential, regardless of background. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive 'family feel' school at the heart of the community, with a passion for outdoor learning. Our vision has been developed through observing school life and through conversations with members of the school community.

A nurturing community of learning, opportunity and ambition who support each other to reach our full potential.

As a Church Aided School we have taken Mark 12 v 30-31 as our mission statement:
"Jesus said love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbour as yourself."

At Marshwood we are proud to be a Christian family at the heart of the community. Our children are helped to display our six core Christian values by developing:

  • A love of God.
  • Respect for themselves and others.
  • An appreciation of other faiths, creeds and cultures.

Our Ethos

At Marshwood CE Primary Academy we believe passionately that everyone has the potential to succeed.

We are committed to providing and developing a positive, safe and stimulating learning environment underpinned by our core Christian values. As a fully inclusive school, everyone can learn and grow feeling uniquely valued and nurtured.

We aim to MOTIVATE children from all backgrounds to develop a love or learning. Our broad and rich curriculum provides children with a wide range of high quality learning experiences and opportunities. Through this we MENTOR our learners to MASTER their talents and skills so that they may flourish and become aspirational as they move onto their next stage of learning.

Our core Christian values permeate through school life. They guide us all and help us to reflect upon how we can be compassionate, respectful, aspirational individuals with the resilience to cope with the challenges of life.

Our school strives to be at the centre of our local community, with positive and effective links to the wider world. Through this, children engage with different religions and cultures with the aim of encourage them to appreciate, enjoy and care for the world we all live in.

Our Values

Six Christian values form the essence of school life. Our ‘oak leaf’ conveys these values around school. Reflecting how we live, learn and grow together, the ‘oak leaf’ signifies our link within the ACORN MAT and how each of us is part of something bigger. Each value has a half-termly focus with Collective Worship engaging the whole school community in understanding and living out our values as individuals, as family and within the local community and the wider world.


Value Christian Roots What we do

Love and Compassion

Jesus said, "Love your enemies!...In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven...If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that?...If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? 

Extracts from Matthew 5:43-47
  • We are safe, loved and care for one another, nature and the environment.
  • We belong.
  • We recognise our part in the wider community and the global family.


Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to love in peace. And always be thankful. 

Colossians 3:15

  • We have unique skills and talents.
  • We are thankful for, and value everyone’s views.
  • We are thankful for the families, friends and communities in which we play an active part.


Work with enthusiasm, as though you are working for the Lord rather than for people. 

Ephesians 6:7

  • We are honest with ourselves and others.
  • We believe that children deserve a relevant and rich curriculum that inspires.
  • We play our part in upholding fundamental British values.


Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you. 

2 Corinthians 13:11

  • We are peace-keepers and peace-makers.
  • We recognise we are all unique with individual needs.
  • We are all individuals and have equal rights.


Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?" "No, not seven times," Jesus replied, "but seventy times seven!"

 Matthew 18: 21-22

  • We treat everyone as we would like to be treated.
  • We listen to and value everyone’s views.
  • We understand that it is okay to make mistakes.


All nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved. 

Matthew 10:22

  • We believe there are no limits to our potential.
  • We aim high and always persevere.
  • We believe in developing a healthy body, mind and soul.

At Marshwood we are committed to helping our children be happy, successful and supportive of one another. We provide a nurturing and respectful environment, with a curriculum and a range of experiences that both enrich and inspire. Children develop an appreciation and respect for their natural habitat, whilst gaining self-confidence, a sense of individuality and improved creativity. All of these enable the children to play a full and active part in school, the wider community and prepare them for later life.

Links With The Church

Marshwood CE Primary Academy is a Church of England School in the Diocese of Sailsbury. 

The school is located within the Golden Cap Team of Churches which consists of twelve churches in West Dorset and East Devon. We have strong links and a very close relationship with the village church of St Mary's in Marshwood. It is right beside our School and the children use the church building on an almost daily basis for many different activities.

We hold weekly worships within the church which are well attended by our families. The school actively promotes key services and visits the church at Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas, Easter and for the occasion of our Year 6 children leaving. During these, families, governors and members of the wider community, including those from nearby Pilsdon join us for these important celebrations. We also regularly visit the church to help support RE learning or local history or to help in some way, such as carrying out research on the state of War Graves within the churchyard or creating tapestries and art to decorate the inside of the church.


Members of the local community attending our annual Carols By Candlelight Concert. 

SIAMS Inspection - March 2020

Marshwood CE Primary Academy, was awarded an overall 'good' by the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools (SIAMS). The SIAMS inspection focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of a church school has on the children and pupils who attend it.

Several important aspects of the school were judged by the inspector. The distinctive Christian vision is firmly established and reflects the needs of our community, our vision has shaped influential partnerships, our relationship with a Ugandan school deepens pupils' understanding of disadvantage and inspires them to advocate change, there is a rich culture of aspiration which raises pupils' horizons and our religious education days provide interactive experiences that extend pupils understanding of the main Christian festivals. (See attached report below).


Our collective worship is a central part of the ethos in the school and our daily act of worship strengthens and promotes our Christian values.

  • We are a Christian family at the heart of our community.
  • We believe in a school founded on our core Christian values of love, peace, perseverance, friendship, good choices and celebrating life.
  • We believe in developing each child spiritually, morally and socially within a Christian context, helping each child to consider their own attitudes, values and beliefs.
  • We believe in forging a partnership with parents, the local parish and the wider community

We have an an Ethos Committee that consists of four children from Years 3,4,5 and 6 plus a Foundation Governor and the Head of School. We work together to look at different parts of our school life and make suggestions as to how they can be improved and this is shared with the governing body. We also evaluate our collective worship, and we are currently focussing on developing an outdoor prayer space for everyone to enjoy.

Collective Worship at Marshwood

Every day, the school meets in St Mary's Church or school for whole school worship.

  • Monday – 15:00 - Whole School Worship in St Mary's Church led by Mr. Beare 
  • Tuesday - 15:00 - Class or House Worship alternating with Rev Sarah visiting 
  • Wednesday - 15:00 - Singing worship led by Mrs Strawbridge
  • Thursday – 15:00 – Open the Book worship with Mrs Jevons
  • Friday – 15:00 - Celebration and Marshwood Stars Worship led by the pupils

We also hold special services to mark Christian festivals at St Mary’s Church, and enjoy regular visits from our local Reverend and our Ethos Governor Rob Greenman, who both lead whole school collective worships.

Long Eared Bat Conservation Project

09 Jul 2021

Staff from East Devon ANOB visited the school today for an art themed Long Eared Bat conservation workshop. During the day children in KS2 produced stunning habitat acetate OHP paintings alo...

Olympic Sailors

05 Jul 2021

Lamberts Class enjoyed a super days sailing at the Olympic Sailing Centre in Portland today as part of their end of year Japan 2021 Olympics topic. A brilliant experience for all who went. 

Activities Week

02 Jul 2021

Today marks the end of an amazing week of activities for Years 5 and 6. Since Monday, they have enjoyed sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, high ropes, rock-climbing, hiking, paddling in the seas, an...

Break The Rules Day...

25 Jun 2021

Today the PFA have organised a 'Break The Rules Day' at Marshwood. How many rules will you child/children (and even the staff break in one day? 

KS2 - First Aid and CPR Training

25 Jun 2021

All children in KS2 at Marshwood CE Primary Academy enjoyed a day of physical health and wellbeing as they learnt the basics of First Aid from Anne-Marie Chapman from the South West Ambulance Ser...

Rosalind Monks Inspired Art

24 Jun 2021

Lamberts Class have been exploring the work of British artist Rosalind Monks. Rosalind is famous for using lines to create intricate patterns within the bodies of insects and other animals. She c...

Dorset AONB Art Project

23 Jun 2021

Our Year 3 and 4 children enjoyed a minibeast themed visit to nearby Lamberts Castle with local artist Rowan Beecham and storyteller Martin Maudsley this week. The morning was part of a Dorset AONB pr...

Mental Health Ambassadors

22 Jun 2021

Today, 8 children in Years 4 and 5 underwent Mental Health Ambassador training so that they can work with staff to ensure Marshwood is a mentally healthy a school as possible. This training took place...

Move It Week 2021

21 Jun 2021

This week is National Schools Sports Week. This is when schools nationwide take part in sporting events and activities. This year, Dorset School Games have created ‘Move It Week’ to get Do...

Bikeability 2021

18 Jun 2021

Huge congratulations to our Year 6 cyclists who successfully completed their Level 1 and Level 2 bikability courses this week in and around the village of Thorncombe. As part of their traini...