Attending a Church School
Every school is different as is every church school. We are a church school because we are linked very closely to St.Peter's Church and the community involved with St.Peter's Church. However, our school welcomes children from all walks of life.
Church schools with their distinctiveness were primarily founded to provide education for children in local communities, regardless of personal faith. They continue to be inclusive schools and ‘the justification for church schools’ lies in offering children and young people an opportunity to experience the meaning of Christian faith ( Dearing 3.9)
- To provide an education of choice that allows learners to critically explore issues of faith, belief and God
- To encourage those of Christian faith, of other faiths and of no faith to engage with what it is to be human
- To provide an education of excellence rooted in Christian values
- To give an understanding of the Christian faith and the customs and practice of the Anglican church
At our school we have a very strong relationship with local clergy and the local worshipping community. We seek to promote shared values based on Christian teaching throughout the school life so that children come to make behavioural choices based on Christian values. We ensure the worship and prayer life in Church of England schools is deeply engaging and provides children the opportunity to be closer to God. We ensure Religious Education and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are very strong features of the school as they help children understand the faith of others and the importance of listening and reflection as key parts of the faith journey
At our school we experience faith through
Having a daily act of collective worship. (We call this Service)
During service we read stories. Sometimes these stories are from the bible and sometimes they are from other faiths or they are simply stories that help us explore a value or a moral. In Service we sing songs and hymns many of which are parents / carers sang when they were little and some of which are new or written more recently. During Service we also have the opportunity for reflection and quiet thought.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7
Having a school prayer.
Our prayer is very important to us and we all enjoy saying our prayer together. Some of us hope that with lots of voices saying the prayer together it will travel far and be heard by many. Some children choose not to say all of our prayer or change the words slightly so that it fits in with they're own faith or thoughts. In some ways this makes it more special as it is meaningful to everyone!
Being part of our church
We are linked very closely with St.Peter's Church. We go to the church for lots of visits and events (Harvest, Christingle, Christmas, Easter, Community Services, Leaver's Services) and as part of our RE work. Last year the grown ups in the church created Jerusalem and we 'Experienced Easter' in a new and wonderful way! .... Have a look at the pictures at the bottom of this page... and be as amazed as we were!
Having a well designed RE (Religious Education) Curriculum
Our RE Curriculum has been carefully designed to teach about a range of faiths including Christianity. RE is taught in every year group and we have special RE books that travel from year to year. This summer our school's best work books have been based on RE.
Spending time with Tim and Jo
Tim and Jo work at the church. Tim is our vicar and Jo works with families and youth groups. We love their Thursday Services and lots and lots of us go to Kids Club on a Wednesday night. Jo also takes the time to come and talk to children who want some extra time to talk to a grown-up. Many of our little brothers and sisters go to 'coffee pot' at the church.
Having a school prayer book
that has been contributed to by children, staff, families and community members. Each class has a copy of our prayer book and there is one in each hall and one at St.Peter's Church. Sometimes we give a prayer book to a special visitor or we take our prayer book to visit a special place. We are also sending one to our partner school in The Gambia.
Celebrating as often as possible
Come and see our values awards which hang in the main entrance! We love celebrating and find every possible reason to do so. Every Friday we have a celebration service and we have a very special end of term award service.
Having values that are linked closely to Christian Values.
Each term we focus closely on one value. Please read more about Our School Values.
Helping parents / carers understand what choosing a church school means for them and their family
We have a special booklet we share with new families when they join the school outside of the normal admission times. For families joining us in Reception we talk about being part of a church school at the first meeting.