Ethos & Aims

Our mission at St Petroc’s is to create a happy and positive environment within which we develop confident and balanced children prepared for their next school and life beyond it. This mission includes the desire to discover, nurture and develop the potential of each child in our uniquely caring environment rich with activities, opportunities, enthusiasm and energy.

St Petroc’s is a school that aims to prepare children for their secondary schools by developing their self-confidence and self-esteem embodied by the phrase ‘self-confidence for life’.


At St Petroc's:
We value children who try their hardest.

We value children who achieve excellence in academic, sporting and cultural fields.

We value children who consider the needs, values and cultures of others and not just their own.

We value children who try to get involved in a range of activities.

We encourage manners and self-discipline.

We recognize that children need time to play.

We value children who, when things are hard, live up to our motto:

“Fast Yn Mesk Tonnow”, Cornish for “Firm amongst the waves”.


Additionally, as part of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust (MIST) we align ourselves with their Mission Statement:

The Methodist Church is engaged in education as part of its Christian mission in the world. Its schools will seek to extend the Methodist ethos and character and contribute to diversity in education. MIST schools aim:

To be caring Christian family communities committed to the development of the full potential of each individual, having regard for their personal attributes in addition to their academic aspirations;

To maintain high educational standards in all their academic, cultural and sporting activities, stimulating excitement in learning and requiring discipline in study whatever the ability of the child;

To work with and in the communities they serve;

To worship as Christians in the Methodist tradition; to uphold Christian values in practice as well as in theory and to make religious education a strong feature of the curriculum, whilst welcoming members of other faiths (and none) in a spirit of openness and tolerance;

To encourage pupils in a critical examination of the standards and values current in society and to discover and develop a personal faith to guide them throughout their lives.

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