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Vision and IDEALS

At Bishop’s Tachbrook CE Primary School, everything we do, we do with love, (1 Corinthians 16:14) always staying true to our IDEALS:

We inquire about the wonderful world God has created to discover and develop the gifts God has given us. We encourage each other and build each other up to achieve our full potential. We stay true to what is right: loving our neighbour as ourselves. We walk out into the world shining as a light for other people, knowing that God gives us the strength to make all things possible and create a positive difference in our community.

Our IDEALS are used by the children, staff and governors to help our school work hard to achieve our vision, where everything we do is done with love. They also help us to work towards our vision that children should be given opportunities to find out what they are good at and to reach their full potential. Mental health and well-being are also developed, celebrated and supported through our IDEALS.

When children have been spotted showing one of our IDEALS they are awarded an IDEALS bead, which they visit the office to collect, along with a sticker. The IDEALS beads are collected in the hall near to the worship table and, at the end of each half term, the house with the most IDEALS beads can wear what they want for a day as a reward.

Click on the different IDEALS to find out more about each one:


Inquire teaches children to have a fascination about the world in which they live and wonder about things. Children are encouraged to think deeply about their learning and ask questions to further their understanding and curiosity.

  • I wonder why, what or if.
  • I ask questions.
  • I research answers to my questions.
  • I listen to others and ask them questions.
  • I take my learning to another step through my curiosity.
  • I look carefully at things and am curious to find out more about them.

Inquire for staff:

  • We ask questions to Safeguard our children and families.
  • We look for ways to develop our practice and ask ‘Can we do things differently?’
  • We challenge and ask questions to and of each other.
  • We listen to others within school, within the consortium and externally.
  • We are outward looking, taking opportunities to network with other schools.
  • We consider a rich and diverse research base to improve practice.

Inquire for governors:

  • We ask questions about what happens in school.
  • We join in with monitoring, asking about what we do.
  • We ask about well-being and staff support.
  • We compare our school with other schools.
  • We wonder about the support school gets from LA, checking it is appropriate and effective.
  • We monitor the health and safety of all.

Job 12:7-8

But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.

Meet our Inquire VIPs – December 2022


Discover teaches children to try new things to find out what they are good at, where their talents and skills are and what they love to do. It also teaches them to persevere with these new talents so that they develop well.

  • I have courage to try new things.
  • I am enthusiastic about new learning.
  • I have a positive attitude with new challenges.
  • I attempt tasks by thinking creatively.
  • I enjoy finding new things I can do.
  • I notice ‘lightbulb moments’.
  • I tackle new things with a smile.
  • I persevere with new things.

Discover for staff:

  • We seek opportunities through CPD to improve knowledge and pedagogy.
  • We watch others at work and try them ourselves.
  • We try teaching in different ways.
  • We explore new ways of learning.

Discover for governors:

  • We learn about monitoring, how it informs and shapes decisions.
  • We take on a specific role within the governing body.
  • We take part in monitoring to find the strengths of school and areas for further development.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Meet our Discover VIPs – February 2023


Encourage teaches children to support others in tasks, and to acknowledge where others have done well. It also teaches children to work together to support each other to build on talents and skills they have already discovered.

  • I can work as part of a team.
  • I can support and help other people.
  • I try my best to make sure things are fair.
  • I can tell people what they have done well and an improvement they can make.
  • I can accept feedback from other people.
  • I can talk to others about how things are going.
  • I can lead others and allow other people to lead.
  • I am patient when things become tricky.
  • I feel proud of other people’s successes.

Other people can rely on me to do my best as part of their team.

Encourage for staff:

  • We share good practice with each other.
  • We celebrate achievements – saying ‘Well done’ to each other.
  • We work as part of the team – helping others when we can.
  • We accept feedback and praise from others.
  • We embrace the WalkThrus and Watch Others Work (WOW) weeks.

Encourage for governors:

  • We spot what’s working well in school and communicating this to school staff accordingly.
  • We support each other in changing roles etc.
  • We are available to support leadership with safeguarding, strategic decisions, exclusions etc. when required.

Thessalonians 5:11

 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Meet our Encourage VIPs – March 2023

Coming soon!


Achieve teaches the children to aspire to be the very best they can be in every aspect of school. To work hard and try their very best in building relationships is celebrated as well as displaying this attitude in their learning – in subjects that they excel in, but also in those that they find trickier. This way, they will achieve their full potential.

  • I can work hard on the tasks I need to complete.
  • I persevere when things get tricky.
  • I concentrate on my task and allow others to concentrate on theirs.
  • I take pride in my work – always doing the best I can.
  • I learn from my mistakes.
  • I am organised and ready for tasks.
  • I try to improve what I can do.

Achieve for staff:

  • We learn from any mistakes we make.
  • We manage time effectively.
  • We have a good understanding of things we are good at and things we need to improve.
  • We are prepared to try new things, and persevere with things.

Achieve for governors:

  • We monitor attainment and progress data in school to ensure children are fulfilling their potential.
  • We monitor the priority areas on the LIP to ensure school is moving forward in identified areas.
  • We are involved in PM of staff, ensuring targets are linked to priority areas.
  • We offer challenge and support to school.
  • We know our school well.

Ecclesiastes 9:9-10

So enjoy the work you have to do in this life. Every time you find work to do, do it the best you can. 

Meet our Achieve VIPs – May 2023

Coming soon!


Love teaches the children the importance of being kind and true to themselves and others. The children are taught to be honest to themselves and with others, and to take care of themselves and each other.

  • I am kind to other people.
  • I forgive people if they make mistakes.
  • I forgive people when they are sorry.
  • I look for ways to solve problems and restore peace.
  • I am honest.
  • I am quick to say ‘Thank You’ to others.
  • I like to help other people.
  • I am friendly to others, even if they are not my closest friends.
  • I respect other people’s ideas and opinions.

Love for staff:

  • We check in regularly with each other.
  • We are honest about our feelings.
  • We make someone else a coffee/tea.
  • We notice changes in others’ behaviour.
  • We sometimes leave someone an edible treat.
  • We ensure worship is focused and worthwhile.

Love for governors:

  • We check in with each other.
  • We are honest about our feelings.
  • We ensure staff wellbeing, and governor wellbeing remain fixed items at governors’ meetings.
  • We communicate with staff team when appropriate.
  • We make safeguarding checks – ensuring they are robust and care is being taken to protect the whole school community.
  • We monitor worship, RE and work towards SIAMS.

Matthew 22:37-39

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’   This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

Meet our Love VIPs – October 2022


Shine teaches children to live the IDEALS in everything they do, to be role models for others and to be people that others look up to. It also teaches children to think about the wider community and take their learning from school into the village and beyond.

  • I inspire other people to try things.
  • I show responsibility and can be trusted to do jobs.
  • I am excited to make our school and our community as good as it can be.
  • I try to help other people who I may not know by helping a charity.
  • I have confidence to stand up for what I think is right and explain my opinions respectfully.
  • I am a good role model for other people.

Shine for staff:

  • We accept praise from others.
  • We are proud of what we do well.
  • We acknowledge our strengths.
  • We spread positivity through our words and actions.
  • We show enthusiasm.
  • We are prepared to lead others (moderation etc.)

Shine for governors:

  • We monitor how school is seen in the community.
  • We support the marketing of school to ensure admissions remain high.
  • We monitor the website to check compliance and how school is seen by outsiders.
  • We make links with church and continued strengthening of the understanding of our role as a C of E school.

Daniel 12:3

The wise people will shine as bright as the sky. Those who teach others to live right will shine like stars forever and ever.

Meet our Shine VIPs – July 2023

Coming soon!