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Ethos and Values

The RIVERSIDE FEDERATION VISION reflects our renewed evaluation of our purpose and mission as Church Schools in the light of the FEDERATION of Bodiam C E School and Etchingham C E School.

Our spiritual, personal and learning development is derived from our Christian faith and heritage and from the ‘fullness of life’ we receive through drawing on the ‘living waters’ of our relationship with Jesus Christ.  

Our Values create the climate in which the 5 learning muscles flourish : being Resilient, Responsible, Resourceful, Reflective and Reasoning so that pupils’ are successful learners and are the best they can be.

Our vision shows the school community bearing fruit - our impact - on one another in the school, our locality and the world.  

The RIVERSIDE  FEDERATION VISION reflects our renewed evaluation in July 2017  of our purpose and mission as Church Schools in the light of the FEDERATION.


The fullness of life we have in Jesus, helps us to be COMPASSIONATE, show FRIENDSHIP and be TOLERANT as we learn in our school and share the love of Jesus with others. 

These values were chosen by the pupils of both schools in July 2017.

Biblical references support each value :

COMPASSION: 'The Good Samaritan' - Luke 10 25-37

FRIENDSHIP: ‘Down through the roof’ - Luke 5 v 17-39

TOLERANCE:   ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ - Luke 12 v 31

Bodiam C E School…

  • Brings out the best 
  • offers Opportunities for all 
  • Develops potential
  • is Inclusive
  • Aims high
  • Motivates all learners
  • Christian and caring
  • pursues Excellence

At Bodiam C E School, in the context of Christian values and beliefs, we want all our pupils to:
  • learn to love learning
  • be motivated and enthusiastic
  • be risk takers and embrace challenge
  • be good citizens of the school and community
  • be equipped to become responsible members of a 21st Century society
  • be the best they can be 

SIAMS Inspection 2016

The school has a strong and distinctive child-centred Christian ethos and clear Christian values which impact deeply and positively on the school’s outstanding provision and excellent outcomes for the pupils SIAMS.


Pupils are enthusiastic, extremely hard working and very positive about their learning. When visiting classrooms, I saw pupils consistently well engaged, and sometimes deeply engrossed, during lessons. Throughout the day, I observed nothing but impeccable behaviour. Pupils told me that this day was just like any other.


The school has an overwhelmingly positive and friendly atmosphere. As I observed and chatted with pupils, including during lunchtime, they were relaxed and happy.