Values & Ethos


“Pupils use the golden rules of 'Be ready, be respectful and be safe' to create a happy and positive atmosphere. The pupils who spoke to the inspector said that they feel lucky and proud to be part of the school.”

Ofsted, 2021

Flourishing From Firm Foundations

As a Church School in Collyhurst, we embrace both our religious and geographical heritage. We are extremely proud of Collyhurst’s role in supplying red sandstone to build some of Manchester’s most familiar landmarks, such as Manchester Cathedral, St Anne’s Church, and the Roman Fort in Castlefield, which form the foundations of the city and support the community to which we belong.

Our vision statement is inspired by Jesus’ teaching about the wise and foolish builders:

‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.’ (Matthew 7:24)

Throughout the Bible, God is likened to a rock. In God, we recognise the stability and power that enables and encourages each individual to flourish. Inspired by Jesus’ example and by our church community, we acknowledge that spirituality is innate and seek to provide space for spiritual reflection and growth. Firm foundations are thus to be achieved through connecting with God and connecting with our community.


“Everyone is cared for, valued and respected because of the warm, welcoming and nurturing environment at Saviour CE school. A strong Christian ethos underpins how the staff encourage everyone to do their best, whatever their ability or background.”

SIAMS, 2016


Our desire is that everyone in our community is given the support to flourish. Our vision statement recognises that flourishing comes from a place of stability. Like the roots of a plant, foundations are often hidden but are essential to the growth of healthy shoots and fruit.

In the Bible, Jesus is described as the ‘living stone’ (Peter 2:4). Both as the foundation and the cornerstone, He supports and influences the shape of the building. Similarly, his followers are called to be like living stones (Peter 2:5). Bricks in a building exist both as individuals and as a unity, and that is how we like to view our school community.

Our vision has been developed from the central belief of the Church of England, that education should develop a fullness of life. This is alongside the Manchester Diocese vision of being a worshipping, growing and transforming Christian presence at the heart of the community.


Our values exist to guide and motivate us towards fulfilling our vision. The children and community explored the Christian Values that we live each day and that resonate with us the most.

Love   Hope   Thankfulness

Children also learn British Values so that they can grow up to lead rich, fulfilling lives in modern Britain and make a positive difference to the world.

Democracy   Rule of Law   Individual Liberty   Mutual Respect   Tolerance