Our vision is to create a happy school family where all children and staff become the very best they can be within the context of Christian belief, practice and values. Children in our school will develop enquiring minds, respect for themselves, others and the environment, resilience and adaptability to flourish.

The bible verse that sets our vision in context comes from the words of Jesus: “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10. It is this flourishing in the love and grace of God that will enable our children, as one family of God, to be wise, hopeful and live well together with dignity and respect in God’s world.

Recognising its historic foundation, Selby Abbey School will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Parish of Selby Abbey and the Diocese of York.

Selby Abbey School aims to serve our local community, including those of all faiths or no faith. We encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promote Christian values through the experience we offer to all our pupils.

As a school family, we aim to:

  • Create a warm, safe and inclusive environment in which all children feel valued and grow to fulfil their full potential
  • Encourage the highest possible standards in all we do by supporting every child to be the very best they can be
  • Provide a rich, broad and balanced curriculum to engage and excite the children
  • Encourage children to reflect and realise their own personal strengths and to become curious, independent lifelong learners
  • Develop the highest possible standards of teaching and learning by supporting staff and governors with excellent professional development and training opportunities
  • Develop strong and effective partnerships between families, school and the community to help ensure we provide children with the best possible start in which to lead happy and rewarding lives
  • Open a doorway to the world, helping our children to become compassionate, tolerant and respectful citizens, ready to make a difference and ready for the challenges of the 21st century

We aim to achieve this through our core drivers:

Aims and Ethos


At Selby Abbey School our Christian ethos permeates the daily life of the school. We use Christian values to promote and develop children’s spirituality and create an environment where all children are valued as individuals and given every opportunity to grow and flourish. Our values determine the sort of person we are or become. At our school, we aim to be the sort of people that God would want us to be and to treat others in the way we would want them to treat us.

Whilst our school seeks to reflect many Christian values, the following six have been chosen as our ‘Core Values’. We believe that an understanding of these values, and integration of them into school life, will help to equip our children as they forge relationships within our school community, the local community and within society as a whole. Our core values are:

Community is a core Christian value in our school because we know that together we are stronger and can achieve more.
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity”. Psalm 133:1
Our Christian value of community means we understand that all within our school are needed and valued and each person is important to the whole community.

Hope is a core Christian value in our school because hope gives us energy and supports us through difficult times.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength”. Isaiah 40:31
To act with hope is to aspire to greater things, to promote positivity and courageous advocacy.

Respect is a core Christian value in our school because we believe that all life is precious within the image of God and deserves to be valued.
Within the school we encourage all “to treat others as you would want them to treat you” Matthew 7:12
Our Christian value of respect means living up to the image of God within ourselves, our school and in our community.

Compassion is a core Christian value for our school because the Christian message tells us to love thy neighbour as thyself.
“Finally, all of you, love one another, be compassionate and humble”. Peter 3:8
To act with compassion means understanding the feelings of others, by putting ourselves in their shoes and responding with kindness and support when they need it.

Service is a core Christian value in our school because we believe we should work for the good of others rather than for our own self-interest.
“Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others as faithful stewards”. 1 Peter 4:10
Our Christian value of service means understanding that we have a personal responsibility to serve our community and wider world.

Grace is a core value in our school because the Christian message describes the generosity and kindness of Jesus in giving us His life so that we can try to be more like Him.
Jesus says, “The eldest son was lost but now he has been found”. Luke 15:11-31. This is described in the story of the Prodigal Son when a father forgives his son although he was seen as undeserving.
To act with grace is to display unconditional generosity and kindness, to show care for others even when you believe they do not deserve it.

A different Christian value is explored each half-term and used to nurture a sense of awe and wonder and to promote an awareness of there being more than yourself in the world. We encourage our children to reflect on their role in this world by asking and responding to questions of purpose and meaning. We also encourage our children to consider different Christian values, in the hope that they develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to enable them to grow as independent and reflective learners who blossom into respectful and caring adults.

To help prepare children to participate fully in and contribute to life in the modern world, we also actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, equality of opportunity for all, individual liberty and respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs.