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Christian character of our school

We are keen that all groups of our children achieve well.  Through regular assessment, planning for different needs and through analysis of results, we identify our children’s outcomes and plan for future achievement.  We value achievements across all areas of our curriculum and school life and celebrate this in our weekly celebration assembly.

We promote health and well-being through teaching safe practices, healthy relationships and healthy eating.

Our policies and schemes of work provide children with the opportunities to explore other beliefs and cultures, as well as opportunities to respond to the beauty of God’s creation.  We are very fortunate to have wonderful grounds and views around our school which foster a sense of awe, wonder and appreciation in our children.

Our SMSC development is explicitly related to our Christian values.  Our children are able to explain notions of right and wrong and discuss the consequences of their behaviours.  We have developed a school 4-part apology – which the children use to make amends to each other.

Our Christian status can be seen visually throughout our school through displays and symbols in important areas such as our hall, entrance, during Collective Worship, in classrooms and in our Outdoor Reflection Area.

Our parents and children speak of the school as a warm and welcoming place which promotes positive relationships based on Christian values.  These values are also integral to our policies, such as our ‘Good Behaviour and Self-Esteem’ policy and ‘Anti-Bullying’ policy.

Serious behaviour incidents are extremely rare and adults and children have positive relationships which leads to a very positive learning environment.  Children who demonstrate particular values are recognised in our weekly Celebration Assembly, demonstrating the impact of values on our school.

Spirituality

We believe that spirituality relates to having an awareness of something greater than ourselves.  It relates to our experiences of God’s creation and enriches our everyday experiences and our ability to relate to others around us.  It involves reflecting on life’s big events, like birth and death, and life’s big questions, such as the search for truth.  It relates to finding meaning and purpose in our lives and the values we choose to live by.  We believe spirituality can enrich everyday life and can foster a sense of awe and wonder in us all.

RE

Our Head teacher is the RE Co-ordinator at our school.  RE is promoted as a core subject within our school, it is given prominence with RE displays in each classroom, our Key Stage 2 children each have a Reflection Journal.

Our children are positive in their attitudes to RE, they enjoy a RE syllabus which combines the ‘Understanding Christianity’ materials and our locally agreed syllabus for RE – both of which are rigorous and engaging.  Children can express their views in RE lessons and they develop an understanding and respect for diversity within Christianity and in other cultures and religions.  Our resources and planning ensure that learning in this subject is of a high standard.

Learning about Islam, Judaism and Hinduism are also included in the syllabus.

Collective Worship and Prayer

Collective Worship provides opportunities for our school community to come together and reflect upon and explore the Christian faiths, moral issues and our own beliefs.

We encourage participation on Collective Worship through active involvement in the presentation of Collective Worship or by listening and responding.  Collective Worship is a time when we all come together to develop our common ethos based on our Christian values.

Prayer is at the heart of Collective Worship, we regularly recite and sign the Lord’s Prayer and our School Prayer (based on our Golden Rules).  Children are given the opportunity to write their own prayers in lessons and for Class Worships.  We have a prayer box on our Worship table where children suggest subjects for prayers.  Our children engage of prayer in Collective Worships, in Church Services and each day before lunch.  We open our staff meetings with a prayer.

The cycle of the Church year is observed in Collective Worships and Church services.  Collective Worship is planned around our chosen 11 Christian values: creativity, peace, trust, forgiveness, thankfulness, friendship, truthfulness, generosity, respect, perseverance, responsibility – the impact of this is monitored by our RE leader.  We have weekly visits from the ‘Open the Book’ team and regular visits from our vicar, Rev. Jan Van der Lely who leads Worship in school and at Church.  We start and end each Collective Worship with a Christian liturgy and have a ‘bar chime’ to open and close the sacred space of Collective Worship.

SIAMS Report

You can download a copy of our SIAMS report from May 2017 by clicking here.