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Values & Ethos

When parents come to St Elisabeth’s CE Primary for the first time, we often hear them marvelling at the caring, nurturing, family atmosphere. This is very much our vision for St Elisabeth’s CE Primary as well:

To grow a diverse and creative educational community where we encourage belonging and nurture believing: together becoming fulfilled and responsible members of God’s world.

This vision is rooted in Mark 4: 30-32... Jesus once told a story about a tree that grew from the smallest of seeds. As it grew larger and larger, the birds of the air were attracted from the shade and made nests in its many branches.

These ideas of Belonging, Believing and Becoming are more than just buzz words - they’re the guiding principles behind everything we do at St Elisabeth's CE Primary.


  • to each other in mutual support, respect and trust
  • to the communities of Didsbury, Reddish and Northenden, committed to playing an active role in providing outstanding local primary schooling
  • to the Diocese of Manchester, as part of a family of 191 Church of England schools
  • to the world in which we live, caring for the whole of creation regardless of race, religion or background 


  • in our gifts and abilities, as each child is unique and valuable
  • in our potential, as each child will be challenged and nurtured
  • in our Christian faith, as each child will be guided by our church ethos and values 


  • responsible and productive - a force for good in society
  • engaged and pro-active - ready to change and challenge the world around us
  • aware of our vocation, with a growing sense of purpose and preference
  • well-rounded and self-aware, through a holistic and broad-based education 

British Values

At St. Elisabeth's we aim to equip our children life in modern Britain, by promoting and embedding fundamental British values across all aspects of the curriculum. These values are:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • participation in community life

School Values

As a school community at St Elisabeth's CE, we want children to feel a real sense of belonging to our community and to feel valued and respected. We want children to believe in themselves and maintain high aspirations. Finally, we want children to become role models and ambassadors for the values we look to promote within our school: 

  • Honesty
  • Co-operation
  • Mutual Respect
  • Being valued
  • Tolerance

These and our British Values are also threaded through the area of our curriculum known as SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development). At St Elisabeth's CE we are proud of how we are developing the high quality SMSC we provide.

What is SMSC?

Spiritual Development

Pupils’ spiritual development involves the growth of their sense of self, their unique potential, their understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, and their will to achieve. As their curiosity about themselves and their place in the world increases, they try to answer for themselves some of life’s fundamental questions. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to foster their own inner lives and non-material wellbeing.

Moral Development

Pupils’ moral development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of the di erence between right and wrong and of moral conflict, a concern for others and the will to do what is right. They are able and willing to reflect on the consequences of their actions and learn how to forgive themselves and others. They develop the knowledge, skills and understanding, qualities and attitudes they need in order to make responsible moral decisions and act on them.

Social Development

Pupils’ social development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of the responsibilities and rights of being members of families and communities (local, national and global), and an ability to relate to others and to work with others for the common good. They display a sense of belonging and an increasing willingness to participate. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to make an active contribution to the democratic process in each of their communities.

Cultural Development

Pupils’ cultural development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of cultural traditions and ability to appreciate and respond to a variety of aesthetic experiences. They acquire a respect for their own culture and that of others, an interest in others’ ways of doing things and curiosity about di erences. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to understand, appreciate and contribute to culture.

Promoting Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship

The non-statutory guidelines for PSHE and citizenship are designed to help schools establish coherence and consistency, and to promote curriculum continuity and progression in pupils’ learning.

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