Bishop Ian Ramsey Church of England Primary School

Vision, Ethos and Values

Our Christian Vision



At Bishop Ian Ramsey Church of England Primary School, our vision is to provide excellent education in a caring community that enables everyone to ‘Shine as a Light in the World, to the glory of God the Father’ (Philippians 2:15).

The call to ‘Shine as a Light in the World' is rooted in scripture, particularly in Philippians 2:15, when the apostle Paul urges followers of Jesus to use their gifts, to serve without grumbling and to value others above themselves. It is also the commission with which the newly baptised are sent out into the world, often with a lighted candle to symbolise the light of Christ present in and with them. It is a whole life calling, and our role in supporting and nurturing the early years of formal education is founded on this principle. 


Ethos and Values



We are a Church of England school, founded on Christian beliefs, which are at the heart of our work and daily life. These are expressed through our core Christian values;

  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • Hope

These values run through everything we do, forming the basis for a secure, caring and happy environment which encourages everyone to 'shine their light'

Our curriculum, wider personal development offer, relationships with families and partnerships with the local church and community are rooted in this set of values. 

We encourage and support all children to be happy, active and independent learners, to develop as individuals who respect themselves and others, with strong foundations that will enable them to continue to grow as good citizens and to 'shine as lights in the world', using their gifts to the full to help others.



Bishop Ian Ramsey CE Primary School is part of the Durham Diocesan MAT. Durham Diocesan MAT is a company limited by guarantee (company number 10847279) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales at The Cai Building (fourth floor), Coble Dene, Royal Quays, North Shields, NE29 6DE.