As a Church of England school, Christian values underpin our ethos. We actively promote the development of Christian values and citizenship skills, equipping pupils for life in the wider world. The theme is displayed in each class and the hall and becomes embedded through the curriculum.
We re-enforce the chosen value of the month through our daily collective worship. In collective worship, the children are given the opportunity to think about the Christian meaning of the value and how it can be demonstrated in their lives. This can be through the use of music, stories and symbols. Children are encouraged to be involved in the collective worship, whether it is led by the head teacher, class based or led by visitors to the school from the local churches.
At some time during the collective worship, children are given the time for self-reflection. This can be developed by asking pupils to listen quietly to and consider what they have just heard. During the reflection time, pupils are able to absorb and respond to the main ideas about the value of the month, at their own level. There is no compulsion to worship or act against their own beliefs.
“Church of England schools are inclusive, safe spaces where pupils learn to respect diversity of all kinds. Like any other state school, our schools comply with the legal requirements of the Equalities Act 2010. Among other things, this requires the school to accept the wishes of children and their families with regard to gender identity. It would be unlawful for any of our schools to do otherwise.”
As a school we have 11 Christian Values, one a month during term time. The children and staff helped to choose which values we have for each month to fit with our Vision and Mission Statement. Our Christian Values are displayed on our "Value Tree" in the hall which includes a handprint from every child in school. The symbol of a tree was chosen as it links to our Motto; Learning together, Growing together. Also all of our classes are named after British trees and we are part of the Acorn Education Trust.