Our Christian Foundation
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.
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. In recent years the group has overseen the introduction of a part time Chaplain to the school, prayers at the end of all assemblies, a school Bible Verse of the Year, 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 an Annual Service of Praise and Thanksgiving, attended by the whole school. With the support of Rt Revd Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, we have introduced 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.
Our Bible Verse of the Year 2017-18 is “Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31 NIV). Our students who chose this verse spoke of the hope, confidence and assurance it gives them. In a world full of disasters, wars, political upheaval, despair and disappointment, it is uplifting to hear a message of hope; a hope we can anticipate as well as participate in daily. Our hope is that Waddesdon school continues to be a place where the weak are strengthened, the discouraged are encouraged, the isolated are integrated and all flourish irrespective of their personal circumstances. It is our prayer that our students and staff will thrive and 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 life in all its fullness. To walk, run and to soar together.