Life in all its fullness at Compton C of E Primary School
John 10:10
Learning, Achieving and Flourishing Together

Church Ethos

Compton is a large Voluntary Controlled Church of England Primary School, 2 miles North of the centre of Plymouth, in the Diocese of Exeter. It was originally founded by the Church in the mid-19th century and moved to its present site in 1963; it continues to be at the heart of the community.

At Compton we strive to preserve and develop the school’s religious character through our Christian vision and values and in close partnership with our local parish church, Emmanuel.  Our school’s character and Christian ethos is based on the principles and in accordance with the practice of the Church of England and Exeter Diocese.

Our Mission Statement

‘The God of all creation is concerned with everything related to education.’

– Church of England Vision for Education 2016

We strive for ‘life in all its fullness’ in our school and aim to promote the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development of the children in our care. Our vision and High Five Values (Friendship, Creativity, Responsibility, Perseverance and Koinonia) shape our policies and curriculum and ensure that everyone within our school is treated with love and respect; they enable all to feel secure and valued, regardless of gender, creed, colour or ethnicity.

Our Christian vision and values are rooted in the Bible and the teaching and example of Jesus. They inspire us to embrace academic excellence and rigour and ensure that everyone can flourish and achieve their fullest potential.

About our vision and values:

Our vision and values were adopted following consultation and positive feedback from our strong community of staff, governors, parents and children. They are now becoming firmly embedded in our school culture and form the foundation of our Christian distinctiveness.

We believe our vision encapsulates the unique spirit of Compton C of E Primary School. John 10:10 is a perfect fit for our aspirations for life at Compton. The Bible talks about Jesus being the “Good Shepherd” protecting and nurturing his sheep. He cares for them and gives them all the good things they need, in abundance, to help them ‘flourish’. Jesus’ example encourages senior leadership and staff to ensure everyone in our community is able to flourish.

Our vision inspires us to work for the common good and for the welfare of the whole community and its environment. We aim to promote a sense of self-worth and resilience along with responsibility that enables every child to grow like a tall tree, firmly rooted and able to meet life’s challenges. (Psalm 92:12)

Our vision encourages a respect for and a celebration of the uniqueness of every individual and family. Whatever your beliefs or background, we want you to feel welcome, valued and nurtured at our school.

Furthermore, we provide an environment which enables all children to ‘learn’. We have high expectations and aim to build positive partnerships between home and school, so that all children are supported and can ‘achieve’. The wealth of opportunities available to our children enables them to ‘flourish’, while they are with us and form a firm foundation for life beyond Compton.

In short, our Christian vision and values are rooted in the Bible and the teaching and example of Jesus. They inspire us to embrace academic excellence and rigour and ensure that everyone can flourish and achieve their fullest potential.

See developing our vision and values in ‘curriculum – church ethos – core offer’ on the website.

Our High Five Values:

Please click on the link below to find out about our high five values; Friendship, Responsibility, Creativity, Perseverance and Koinonia

Collective Worship

Collective Worship is a statutory requirement for all schools in England and Wales. (Section 70 of the 1998 Act states that “each pupil in attendance at a community, foundation or voluntary school shall on each school day take part in an act of collective worship.”)

At Compton Church of England Primary School, collective worship supports spiritual growth and reflects our Christian foundation. It is time set aside to learn, reflect and celebrate as a class, key stage and whole school community. Collective worship is invitational and is a vehicle to explore our Christian vision and values, Christian festivals, the Bible and nature of God as well as the teachings and example of Jesus. Visiting speakers help us to understand the work of Christians locally, nationally and globally and provide inspiration to respond with courageous advocacy. Collective worship at Compton gives opportunities to participate, observe or respond to different ways of praying. Everyone is familiar with the Lord’s Prayer and regular visits to Emmanuel Church mean that children and adults become familiar with the language and symbolism of the Church year. Visitors from different Christian traditions allow us to observe and experience a variety of styles of Christian worship.

Children show responsibility by helping to set out benches and the table with the wooden cross. Monitors prepare the music, lights and screen and others hold the doors for everyone. Children often volunteer to participate in the assembly e.g. acting, leading singing, saying a prayer or sharing an achievement. They have opportunities to plan and take part in Friday class assemblies and invite parents/carers.

During 2020-21, this has been virtually, online or in class bubbles. However, we aim to resume our normal pattern of worship as soon as it is safe to do so.


Our assemblies







Whole school worship

Celebration assembly

Whole school worship

Class worship

Whole school worship (visiting parents/carers)


Whole school worship

Class worship

Whole school worship

KS2 assembly

Whole school worship (visiting parents/carers)

Themes for the week

We use the ‘Roots and Fruits’ resources to support the planning of our themes.

For the first half of Summer Term 2022 our whole school collective worship focus is on one of our High five values – Creativity.

Compton Secret Agents

There are two representatives from each class (Years 2-6) who monitor Church School Distinctiveness and Collective Worship at Compton. Just like the school councillors, they are elected annually by their peers. They played a major role in the consultation process for our vision and values and continue to drive the school’s charity fundraising.


Our School prayer

Written by the children’s ethos group (the Compton Secret Agents) and based on our high five values.

Dear God,

Thank you that we belong to Compton Church of England Primary School.

Thank you that we can grow and learn together in safety.

Please teach us how to be good friends and to care for each other.

Thank you for our beautiful world.

Please show us how to look after it and share what we have.

When we face challenges, give us the strength to keep going and never give up.

Be with us always and help us to be the best we can be.


Our Charities and serving the common good (courageous advocacy)

But God has combined the members of the body … so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.

1 Corinthians 12:24-26

Please click on the link below to find out about our charities:

Our Church

You can access the Emmanuel Church website in this link:

We are proud to be a church school. It enables us to promote a child centred approach within a caring atmosphere that is underpinned by spirituality and a Christian ethos.

Our parish church is Emmanuel, a vibrant community ten minutes’ walk away where we celebrate key Christian festivals, including Harvest, Christmas and the Year 6 Leavers’ Service. We also visit the church for activities that support and enrich the ‘Understanding Christianity’ strand of the RE curriculum. The rector, Reverend Karl Freeman, regularly visits our school to lead worship.

Foundation Governors

Rev Karl Freeman

Mr. Jonathan Gregory

Along with teaching staff and school leaders, Karl and Jonathan are members of the Ethos group which meets regularly to talk about what makes us distinctive as a church school. They also carry out regular monitoring visits where they talk to the children about Religious Education, church school distinctiveness and collective worship.