Building Strong Foundations

At Burton Agnes CE Primary School we provide all of our pupils’ with strong foundations for now and the future.  These foundations allow a firm base on which to build, allowing all in our school community to flourish.

The Bible talks about the importance of good foundations.  We hear in the Parable of the Wise Man and the Foolish Man, ‘better to build your house on a rock than on the sand’ (Matthew 7.24-27). 

In a world of shifting sands we will use our school values of friendship, care and trust and the Christian values to enable us to stand firm on our foundations, draw strength from our roots and continue to build.


School vision

Our vision is to provide a caring Christian environment where children and adults of all faiths and of none are inspired to build strong foundations to enable them to be the best that they can be in all aspects of life.

As a Voluntary Controlled Church of England School, we are proud of our close links with St Martin’s Church, Burton Agnes and the Diocese of York. Being a Church of England school everything that we do is underpinned by our Christian ethos. At Burton Agnes, Christian Values are an important part of our school and shape how we live together as a school community. There are many Christian Values but at Burton Agnes the pupils, parents, staff and governors have worked together to choose three values that really represent what Burton Agnes is all about. Together we decided that

Care, Trust and Friendship

define Burton Agnes and we try to make these values shine brighter than the rest in all that we do.

Our work as a distinctively Church of England school is regularly evaluated through the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools framework and self-evaluation schedule. We were judged to be ‘outstanding’ in June 2016.

Collective Worship

As a Church school we see Collective worship as an integral part of the educational provision of the school and something that underpins all aspects of school life.

Pupils have both the need and a right to develop spiritually, morally and culturally as well as mentally, physically and socially. It is entitlement for all pupils (except for children of parents and carers who exercise the right of withdrawal). 

Collective worship in all Church schools must be in accordance with the tenets and practices of the Church of England. Burton Agnes has a planned programme for Collective Acts of Worship based around values, all of which are explored from a Christian viewpoint, and sometimes from the perspective of another faith.  Collective Acts of Worship can be whole-school, Key Stage or class based, and may be led by the head teacher, staff members or visitors including other members of the church community. Our Worship Group pupils also plan, organise and lead class worship themselves, so that staff can take a more reflective part in the worship themselves!