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New logo, vision statement and website

Wetheringsett Church of England Primary School

Church Street, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, IP14 5PJ

Tel: 01449 766215  Email: office@wvcpschool.com


Building Skills for Life


4th November 2013

Dear Parents/Carers,

New Logo and Vision Statement and Website

We are delighted to announce that our new logo, vision statement and website have all be launched today.


This has been designed by Mark Allen, one of our governors and, as you will see from the letterhead above, features a train and a church. This came out of a consultation exercise with children, parents, staff and governors. Everyone agreed that the train should be kept, reflecting the importance of the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway to the local community. The idea of having a church came from several children who felt that we should reflect the fact that we are a church school.

You may also have noticed a subtle change in our name from Wetheringsett Voluntary Controlled Primary School to Wetheringsett Church of England Primary School. The governing body thought that this was a much more straightforward way of signifying that we are a church school. Our relationship with the church has not changed; we are still a voluntary controlled school which means that the church owns the building and the land, there are two foundation (church) governors on the governing body and that we have a distinctive religious character where Christian values are embedded.

To celebrate the launch of our new logo, each child has be given a special enamel badge today with the new logo on. This can be worn on school jumpers, but is not obligatory! We are working towards getting our new logo on school uniform, but this will not happen until at least Christmas and children will of course be able to wear uniform with the old logo on indefinitely.

Vision Statement

Although the new logo is a very immediately apparent change, our new vision statement is actually more important and should have a greater impact on the school. Again, this came out of a long consultation process with stakeholders that began last January. We wanted to have a shared vision of our core aims and values that would underpin everything we do in school from our curriculum to our relationships with each other.

We came up with with the strapline:

Building skills for life - Helping our children to become caring, confident and successful

This reflects the shared belief that, although academic success is important and we are very proud of the high standards pupils at Wetheringsett achieve, we also need to develop the wider skills and attributes that our children will need when they go out into the world.

From the consultation, it also became clear that there were some core values behind this that were also important to us that we needed to articulate:

  • High but realistic expectations of each child

  • Supporting all to achieve to their full potential

  • Fostering enquiring, creative minds and inspired learners

  • Working in partnership with parents

  • Noticing, valuing, respecting and cherishing each child

  • Putting Christian values at the heart of all we do

  • Having courtesy, good manners and consideration for others

  • Embracing technology to learn and adapt to our changing world

  • Seeing school at the heart of the wide community

  • Appreciating and understanding our local and wider environment

The important thing is that we now all use this vision statement as a basis for all that we do in school so than anyone who visits the school should see all of these things in action.


Today also sees the launch of our new, modernised website that we hope will improve communication. We will make sure that this is updated regularly so it will be a real window on what is going on in school and that parents can be used to easily find information they need. On the front page you will see a school blog that will celebrate all the great things that happen in school on a regular basis. As the year goes on, we also plan to develop children’s blogging skills and their own blogs will also be available through the website.

As ever, your feedback is valued, so do let me know your thoughts on all of these.

Vicky Doherty