“I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13

The Vision & Ethos committee consists of governors, including our vicar, who support us to shape the Christian character of Baxenden St. John’s. Although we have formed a committee, due to the COVID pandemic, we have yet to have our first meeting and agree our terms of reference. These draft terms of reference are listed below.

At Baxenden CE Primary School we seek to be a community where all are welcome and encouraged to take their place, regardless of our differences. We encourage hard work and perseverance and we expect everyone to strive to do their very best for themselves and for each other. Our entire community is made strong through collaboration: learning from one another, supporting one another and challenging one another.

We want our lives to be crafted by the teachings of Jesus and the way we work together which is shown though our vision:

“Our school helps us to walk with Jesus, to be the best that we can be.  Through God’s love and guidance, we create an ethos of shared endeavour, friendship and co-operation to help us flourish academically, emotionally and spiritually.”

Terms of Reference: Vision and Values Committee

The committee shall consist of any governor who wishes to become a member of this committee as well as the Headteacher who is, as ex-officio, a member of the committee.

Non-voting participants may be invited to meetings by the committee as and when required.


Chair: Mr. John Massey

Clerk: To be appointed

Mrs. J. Green, Mr. J. Massey, Mr. J. Knott, Mr. I. Rushton, Rev. T. Donaghey (vicar)


The main function of the committee is to support, advise and challenge the Headteacher and the Governing Body on matters relating to the Christian distinctiveness and effectiveness of Baxenden St. John’s School as a church school and the impact which this has on the pupils and whole school community –  in particular:

  1. the relationship between the school and the church, St. John’s;
  2. the development of joint projects between school and church;
  3. the relationship between the school and the local, national and global communities;
  4. the impact of worship on the school community;
  5. the effectiveness of religious education;
  6. the impact of Christian values within the curriculum and the wider life of the school;
  7. the way in which the school makes provision for the future leadership of church schools;
  8. the way in which the Christian character of the school is monitored and evaluated in terms of its impact on pupils, staff, parents and the wider community;
  9. to make recommendations to the Governing Body on relevant policy matters
  10. to support the Headteacher with the self-review documents and preparation for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS);
  11. to look at the faith perspective of SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development) within the OFSTED framework;
  12. to monitor Race Equality, diversity, global education and multi-cultural links;
  13. to work alongside the Headteacher, staff and parents to review the vision and school aims.