Ninfield C of E Primary School

Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust

Our Vision & Values

Theologically rooted Christian vision

Ninfield CE Primary School develop pupils to be the very best they can be; as Jesus teaches through the Parable of The Sower, we all have unique abilities that can be nurtured and grown. We provide the opportunities and relationships, challenges and support to ensure all members of our community grow to fulfil their highest potential. By setting the conditions for all to thrive, we develop the seeds of talent and ambition.

Rooted in Jesus’ love and example, all members of the Ninfield family have a shared aspiration for our community, that we have summarised in language our children can understand:

Our children have chosen the following Christian values as those central to helping us to live out our vision:



The Parable of the Sower provides the foundation for our school vision: like the sower, we are trying to establish the conditions our children need to flourish.


We hope that our children are always GROWING, in their education, in their relationships, in their skills and their unique talents.


We hope that our children are consistently LOVING in their outlook towards those around them, both those in their lives and those who they do not know but recognise their responsibility as advocates towards.


We hope that our children are on a journey of LEARNING, about themselves, about the world they see and that which is far from their own lives, about what it means to be human and their own understanding of faith. In doing this, we hope to instil a love of learning that is lifelong.


We hope that this will always be done TOGETHER, for at the heart of all we do is the community we serve and the shared sense of belonging that unites us; like St Paul's words in Corinthians, we are many parts of one body.



The metaphor underpinning our vision can be understood simply as:

The children are like seeds that we must nurture so that they can flourish to their fullest potential.

The school must provide the conditions to thrive for all: children, staff, families and the wider community.


Like the sower entrusts the seeds to the soil, our families entrust their children to us in the hope that we will nourish and tend to them, helping them to realise their fullest potential.



Establishing our new vision




Our children's understanding

As part of launching our new vision with our children, we explored Jesus' Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13) to help our children to understand the lived meaning of the four words.

Our children felt strongly that they could better articulate what we are in our school by also referring to what we are not.

Therefore, we have looked together and reflected on the difference between the seeds falling in fertile soil and those falling on the path and in rocky or thorny soil.

Rocky soil was described as... “not giving everyone the same chances”


Rocky soil was described as... “nothing to help you grow”


Thorny soil was described as... "creativity and individuality is squeezed out"


Our school, the rich soil, was described as... “good learning and happy children – everyone is able to grow”



 Christian Values

Underpinning our Vision

In December 2022, the children voted for the Christian Values they felt they wanted to be central to life at Ninfield.

Our school values at Ninfield are:

  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Perseverance
  • Forgiveness 
  • Thankfulness

We aim to live these out in all we say and all we do.


It is through our Christian Values, understood and meaningful to our children, that we are able to bring our theologically rooted Christian vision to fruition.