“I have come that they may have life, and have it in full.” John 10:10
Our school is part of the Diocese of Oxford’s family of schools, the Anglican Church’s gift to the community across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. The school is founded upon traditional Christian values, which are manifest in the school’s culture and ethos of ‘Dignity and Respect for all’. Students and staff of all faiths and none are equally valued, cherished and loved.
We believe that education in all its fullness enables all people – students and staff – to flourish, socially, emotionally and academically.
Our Christian Ethos Group, which is responsible for developing our school’s Christian ethos in practical ways across school life, comprises student representatives, members of staff, governors, trustees and local clergy. As well as developing new ideas, the group oversees the work of the Chaplain, prayers at the end of all assemblies, the presentation of a copy of the Holy Bible to all leavers (courtesy of The Gideons International), regular ‘Prayer Stations’ events in the library and the Annual Service of Praise and Thanksgiving, attended by the whole school.
With the support of Rt Revd Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, we hold regular services of Holy Communion, which students and staff may attend on a voluntary basis. There is a thriving Christian Union which meets regularly. Whole school assemblies take place every morning, where we welcome speakers from the local clergy and representatives of other local faith groups and organisations. We hold it as a truth that everyone has spiritual needs, irrespective of their beliefs.
Our school Bible verse, “I have come that they may have life, and have it in full” expresses our firm belief that education should recognise the richness of being human, acknowledging the highs and lows we all face as we develop and grow. The promise given in John 10:10 is that life can be lived fully through being part of a community and understanding the importance of love and service as taught by Jesus.
Our hope is that Waddesdon School continues to be not just a school, but a family where there is enough room for everyone irrespective of colour, culture or creed; a place where the weak are strengthened, the lost are found, the isolated are integrated and all flourish irrespective of their personal circumstances. It is our prayer that our students and staff will flourish in the knowledge that they are loved eternally and that the words of this verse will give them the confidence they need to achieve highly and to live a fruitful life in all its fullness.