Vision and Values

‘Be kind to each other’ Ephesians 4:32

Wirksworth Federation of Infant Schools is situated in the heart of our picturesque and historic market town, surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Derbyshire Dales.

Wirksworth Church of England Infant School and Wirksworth Infant School became a Federation in 2004. This means that our two small schools have the same joint governing body and the same head teacher and are able to share resources and expertise. Because the two schools are in close physical proximity, our staff teams are able to work together and children access the facilities at both sites, learning and working together in a safe and inspiring environment.

  • Across the Federation, every child has access to an extensive and balanced curriculum which prepares them for life in Modern Britain.
  • We make lots of use of our vibrant community areas and local outdoor spaces which provide abundant resources for learning and teaching experiences.
  • Christian values and the enriching environment of our schools nurture children's academic, social and spiritual development.
  • A close partnership is encouraged between parents/carers, governors and the local community to ensure everyone feels valued and cared for.
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Our school vision: Inspiring Learning for All 

Our vision is to inspire learning for all and to nurture unique individuals who are outstanding learners, demonstrating wisdom, responsibility and kindness within their communities.

Our school rules: We listen, we think, we care encompass all aspects of desirable behaviour and embody positive values and expectations.  Children learn that these rules will guide and support them in their choices of appropriate behaviour. 

Our school values:

As a Federation we believe the importance of teaching values and children working together toward a common set of goals should not be underestimated. 

School life is built around embedding Christian Values for Life and British Values

We focus on teaching one school value per half term through collective worship, Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE) lessons and dedicated class time. Staff feel scheduling regular time to spend on school values and sharing responsibility for promoting them is a positive way of helping children and parents/carers to become part of our school vision. 

Character and values teaching are an essential part of the hidden curriculum within school but are also explicitly taught through a well-planned Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) curriculum woven across all subjects and aspects of school life which develops children’s abilities to show initiative, gain respect and tolerance in addition to shaping the mindsets and behaviour of future adults. 

Across the Federation we firmly believe surroundings have an impact on children’s positivity and attitude to learning. An accessible and well organised classroom makes it easy to access learning materials and sets the tone for learning. Displays are used to expand subject knowledge and skills and wall space in school is used to promote school values and raise aspiration whilst encouraging enthusiasm and creativity.

WFIS Well Dressing 2017
WFIS Well Dressing 2017
Our Federation Vision Logo
Our Federation Vision Logo

Christian Values for Life:

Alongside the promotion of British Values, we promote daily 18 core Values for Life. 

Compassion Hope  Responsibility
Courage Humility Service
Creativity Justice Thankfulness
Forgiveness  Peace Trust
Friendship Perseverance Truthfulness
Generosity  Respect Wisdom


Links to family activity sheets for each of these values can be found below. Each core value is taught discretely over a three-year rolling programme.

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Our Vision, Values and School Rules
WFIS Well Dressing 2019
WFIS Well Dressing 2019

British Values:

Democracy Mutual Respect
Rule of Law Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Individual Liberty

These five fundamental British Values are promoted through high quality teaching, a rounded programme of collective worship and a positive behaviour policy, allowing children to demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute to life in modern Britain.

Please see our British Values policy for further details.

CoGS - Cluster of Gell Schools collaboration
CoGS - Cluster of Gell Schools collaboration