Beaconside C of E Primary School & Acorn Nursery

Learning to live, Learning to shine.

Beaconside C of E Primary School & Acorn Nursery

“Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works” (Matthew 5:16)

Our School Christian Ethos & Values

What is the context for our children?

Our large school is situated in a rural town in Cumbria with a unique set of characteristics (location, population and opportunities).  This unique set of characteristics provides so many rich opportunities for our children, but can also place a glass ceiling on where children set their expectations, ambitions and dreams.  In order for our children to embrace life in all its fullness, we have to provide them with the support, opportunity and teaching to ensure each and every child is able to embrace life and shine, not just within their current circumstances, but in the future and world beyond.

What is our Vision for education?

Learning to Live..Learning to Shine

As a church of England School we value all our children and what makes them unique, enabling them to build a future embracing life in all its fullness, loving learning and a desire to shine.

“Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works”   (Matthew 5:16)


What do we do for our children?

As a caring Christian school with a family ethos and committed teachers and support staff, we never lose focus on each and every one of our fantastic children.  As a large school, children learn through a rich curriculum and in our amazing facilities and outdoor learning spaces which gives every child access to a variety of memorable learning opportunities and experiences.  We include everyone and enable all children to build their future on embracing life in all its fullness, loving learning and a desire to shine.


Learning to live life in all its fullness

We embrace every child’s unique personality

and know their future possibilities are endless. 

We build trust and encourage independence 

so all children are valued and value themselves

with a strong sense of self-worth.  We nurture

each child and foster the desire to be the best

version of themselves and have dreams

and ambitions for the future.

 Learning to learn

We nurture academic habits through rich and

varied learning experiences designed to engage

all children and spark their imagination.  Our

positive relationships enable children to embrace

challenge and develop high expectations of what

they can achieve.  We help children learn to learn

and ensure the foundations of secure reading,

writing and maths underpin all their learning

Learning to shine our light

We help every child to find a pathway to their own

interests and provide opportunities to explore this

and the world around them.  We highlight and nurture

each child’s unique strengths, talents and

characteristics and allow them to shine.  We are

proud of every child and our family enjoy

celebrating individual and team achievements

as well as the effort.


What are our core Christian Values?






Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.






Psalm 148:8-9

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.  The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.






Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.







Tim 4:10

We have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people.







Deutronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.





-What are our agreed behaviours?

  • We are committed to being each others champion
  • Approach life positively and remove the glass ceiling of expectation
  • Explore the endless possibilities and search for a pathway 

How will children leave our school?

Children leave our school as confident, well rounded young people who understand themselves, their community and the world we live in.  They will be ready to embrace life with the knowledge, skills, values and a love of learning that enables them to have the strength to shine in whatever they do.


Learning to live life in all its fullness 

They will be open minded and independent young people who will be reflective and open to the challenges and delight that life brings.



Learning to learn 

They will be enthusiastic and self-motivated young people with the resourcefulness and resilience to work hard and have a desire to learn. 



Learning to shine our light

They will be confident young people excited by the future and with high aspirations for what can be achieved and the confidence to shine.