Our Forest Values

  • Friendship
  • Openness
  • Responsibility
  • Endurance
  • Stewardship
  • Trust

We recognise that a Church School is founded on a shared set of beliefs, ideas and attitudes.  These should permeate every aspect of school life and guide every individual’s choices, decisions and action.  We have chosen six Christian values that we hold dear and underpin life at The Oaks CE Learning Federation.  These form the word “FOREST” and we share these values across our family of schools.

What our Christian Ethos Values mean to us


A new commandment I give you, love one another as I have loved you. (John 15 v 12)

Friendship is trusting each other and feeling comfortable in each other’s company. Sharing joys and sorrows is part of friendship. Friendship enables the spirit of each individual to grow. It echoes the value God has placed on the preciousness of each

Everyone is special and precious to God.  We are able to show love and friendship to others because of His love for us.

We love because He first loved us (1 John 4 v 11)  



Whoever welcomes these children welcomes me (Mark 9 v 37)

Openness is knowing that we are all unique and special in the eyes of God. We understand that God wants us to have no barriers in the way we express his love. We recognise that others have other beliefs and ideas. We will be open, inclusive and compassionate.

Jesus welcomed everybody, no matter who they were or what they had done.  We know we are not perfect but he forgives and accepts us and helps us to accept and include everyone.



Jesus was tempted but did not get distracted from doing the right thing (Hebrews 4 v 15) 

 Let everyone speak the truth with his neighbour (Ephesians 4 v 25)

Responsibility is understanding that we have a duty to God to take responsibility for our own actions. We learn to make good choices by understanding there are consequences to our actions.

God has made us so He has given us responsibility for the world and each other, with His help, we make right choices so that everyone can become who they were meant to be.



Run like someone who has a goal (I Corinthians 9 v 24-26)

Stop thinking about yourself…you must be willing to carry the cross that is given to you every day for following me. (Luke 9 v 23)

Jesus’s life was an example for us to follow so we need to challenge ourselves to be the best we can, even when this is hard.  Endurance and perseverance are only possible where there is hope and that hope is based on the enduring nature of God’s love and
faithfulness. We strive to do our best and understand that we must have courage to persevere until we reach our goals.



The Lord God put the man in the garden to work the soil and take care of the garden (Genesis 2 v 15)

You put them in charge of everything You have made, You put everything under their control (Psalm 8 v 6)

Stewardship is understanding that we have been entrusted by God to care for the world both the Earth and people upon it.

God created our world and gave us responsibility for it so we need to use all the gifts He has given us to be partners with Him in creation, caring for our world and everything in it.



God is my strength and my shield.  I trusted Him with all my heart and He helped me, so I am happy. (Psalm 28 v 7)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know.  Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. (Proverbs 3 v 5-6)

The Bible teaches us to trust in God, that He will do the right things for us and not let us down even when we don’t know the whole plan.  God asks us to put trust in each other and we have responsibility to be trustworthy and not let each other down.  Trust is the very essence of faith. We trust in a loving God. Trust lies at the heart of all relationships. Trust means feeling safe to put yourself in the hands of others. We can trust others if we feel safe, secure and confident. We need to show others we can be relied upon to be honest, fair and make good choices.