A Value is a principle that guides our thinking and our behaviour.

At St John Southworth , every individual is valued for who they are and what they contribute to the school. Values are intended to support the personal, social and spiritual development of every pupil throughout the school. They place Christ at the heart of everything we do here at SJS. 

The whole staff team, parents and pupils are involved in promoting values and recognising where others are ‘living the values’. The values developed have been selected after consultation with pupils, staff, governors and parents as values which are important within the school community and which will be important throughout life.

Through the Values we aim to:

  • Improve behaviour, conduct and self confidence by developing strong values within the pupils at the school.

  • Develop pupils understanding of what values are and why they are important in life.

  • Encourage children to ‘live the values’ in all aspects of their lives both in school and out.

  • link each value to a piece of scripture so children are able to become closer to the teaching's of Christ

The values are; 
HONESTY - Zacheaus the tax collector 
LOVE - The shepherd and the sheep
FAITH - The feeding of the 5000
JUSTICE- Jesus dies on the cross
KIND - The Good Samaritan

The 5 W's Framework


Our approach to developing the children’s understanding of their Catholic Faith is rooted in the 5W's of the Salford Diocese Framework for Review, Evaluation and Celebration.

 Our 5Ws are:

Welcome – At St John Southworth RC Primary and Nursery School we provide a warm and welcoming environment for all our children, families, staff, governors and visitors.

Word – We grow to understand our Catholic Faith through high quality lessons and experiences so that we know what the true meaning of a Catholic Life is.  We value the teachings of Jesus and we are faithful to His word.

Worship – Christ is at the heart of all we do. We pray and reflect together in many different ways to show our love and devotion to God and celebrate the spirituality of our community.

Welfare – The children and staff are caring and supportive, not just of one another, but of others in our society both close to home and across the World through our actions and by teaching them about love, forgiveness and kindness.

Witness – We strive to act like Jesus would wherever we go and with whoever we are with.  We do not just learn about our faith, we live out its principles in the way we treat each other and though other projects to ensure that we are acting out the Gospel values through our lives and becoming true missionary disciples.


These five areas cover all aspects of what it means to be a true follower of Christ. Through these, School pupils are taught how to live a life rooted in Catholic values so that they go out into the word as beacons of Christ’s teachings.