Aims and Ethos

Our Aims

We aim to ensure that each child’s first crucial steps at the Old Vicarage School are compelling and exciting enough to draw them into the world of lifelong learning, so that it becomes a joyous and integral part of their daily existence. We believe we have a duty to unlock the potential in every child to achieve their best in every aspect of their lives with us, be it academically, socially, physically, morally and spiritually. It is an aim of the school that each child will develop into a positive citizen who will become a full and worthwhile member of their local, national and international communities.


Our school motto “ingenium ac benevolentia” translates as character and kindness. Integral to this is providing an holistic approach, which fosters and develops a caring community, where everyone feels respected and valued. These aims are based on Christian values. Children from any (or no) faith background attend this school.

The ethos is best seen in our four aims for an Old Vicarage School Leaver, which we believe to be essential to achieve happiness, contentment and fulfilment in later life. It is hoped that a child leaving our school will be:

  • well educated with a love of learning, ready to engage with a wider world;
  • happy, friendly and self-confident with a good sense of humour;
  • generous in spirit, proud of their talents and can celebrate the talents of others;
  • wanting to take their place in society, having a desire to contribute to the common good.