Trail : home : Christian Ethos
The school was last visited by a SIAMS inspector in September 2016. The report is attached.
The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners
The impact of collective worship on the school community is outstanding
The effectiveness of the religious education is outstanding
The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school is outstanding
Christian values are at the heart of our schools life. We aim to nurture children in developing the full range of Christian values as they move through our school. This is also at the heart of our Mission Statement 'Listen, learn, love and laugh as part of God's family'.
Each half term we focus on a particular value - this is explored through whole school, key stage and class worship and time is given for the children to discuss and expand on the theme in class. The themes culminate in a sharing assembly hen pupils ahre work from their class. Work is then put on display for the next half term as a reminder of these values.
During 2016 - 2017 the values we are focussing on are:
Autumn Term : Generosity and Service
Spring Term: Responsibility and Justice
Summer Term: Friendship and Perseverance
Running alongside this we promote British values of:
We hold elections for our school council and Rotakids groups and give all children chance to take on age appropiate responsibilities (e.g. buddies / class monitors etc). Each year we hold a 'World week' when we explore a wide range of different cultures and beliefs - at the heart of this is tolerance and respect for other people's views, believes and ways of life.
The school expects children and parents to respect and take care of each other.
Women's World Day of Prayer 2016|
In March some of the Year 6 children helped to lead the village Women's World Day of Prayer service for ladies from the local Anglican, URC and Catholic communities.
Advent and Christmas 2015|
The Lords Prayer (October 2015)|
During October our worship focus was 'The Lord's Prayer'. We thought about each line in turn and what it meant for us today. In our classes we then reflected some more and produced work for our sharing assembly.Have a look at some of our work.
In our worship this half term we have been thinking about God's amazing world. With the help of Charlie and Lola we have thought about how we need to look after the world and at our Harvest Festival we collected tins to send to the foodbank at Balmoral Children's centre.
Debbie and Diana from NISCU spent a day with us setting up a whole range of prayer stations in the hall for the children to work round and reflect on different aspects of life. The children prayed for people around the world, thought about God's amazing creation and what the cross meant to them. At the end of the day Debbie led a whole school wroship outside...
Holy Week Reflection|
During Holy Week the children thought again about the last days in the life of Jesus. They produced work for display in the hall about the key Christian themes. The staff, under the direction of Mrs Lee our RE subject leader, created an Easter refelction in the hall with prayer stations that reflected the events of Holy Week.
On Maundy Thursday all the children had a chance to engage in the reflection and then in the afternoon friends from the local churches and community were invited to share in the day.
Here are some photos of the day..but you needed to be there to experience it properly!
Our school has very close links with St Luke's Church of England church in the village. The vicar is Rev Pauline Bicknell - she is also a member of the school governors and comes into school regularly to lead worship. Our children also visit church for worship at key Christian festivals as well as part of their RE work. The Reception children visit in the Spring Term each year to explore Baptism while Year 2 and 4 develop their understanding of church.
St Luke's has its own church website :
The church building also is home to the local URC congregation. Their minister, Rev Yolande Burns also comes into school to lead worship.