Church School

Introduction

As a Church of England School, we are proud of our Church School distinctiveness and believe that this makes a real difference to our effectiveness. Our Church School status is at the heart of everything we do and every decision which we take. The School is here to serve our community and is inclusive towards all, irrespective of personal beliefs, because we believe that we are all equally important and we totally respect everyone’s right to hold their own beliefs.

 

Our 4 core values of ‘Learning, Caring, Growing and Sharing’ could apply to any school but to us they are Christian values because we have thought through how each of these values can be rooted in Scripture and then lived out in our daily lives. Each term teachers focus on the supporting value and make links across the curriculum to bring this value to life through real life examples in everyday life.

 

For many people, Collective Worship is seen as what makes a Church School distinctive. Whilst this is true, we believe that it goes much deeper than this and our Church School ethos is encapsulated in our mission statement ‘With the love of God we learn, care, grow and share’ and lived out in our school community.

 

Collective Worship is planned, led by school staff, children and members of the parish team. We take the children to visit the Church for special services at Harvest, Christmas, Easter and the end of year service. Our Collective Worship Policy explains our approach.

 

We have excellent Church links within our local community, with the wider Church community within Salisbury Diocese and abroad in Sudan.

 

Local community links

Secret Agents, led by the clergy and a local member of the community, meets for worship and activities once a week at lunchtime.

 

The Open the Book team come into school 12 times a year to act out Bible stories in special assemblies which involve the children.

 

Treasure Hunters is a Church youth group which holds holiday clubs in our school at both Easter and Christmas.

 

Revive is a lay led Church Cafe style worship held in our school once a month on a Sunday morning.

 

This is all part of our partnership work with our village Church, All Saints, Broad Chalke and the wider Diocese of Salisbury. To find out more about church and parish work click on the following links

 

http://www.broadchalke.info/church.php

http://www.chalkevalley.org.uk/chalke-talk-online

http://www.salisbury.anglican.org/schools

http://www.chalkevalley.org.uk/r3vive/

 

Christians in the wider world

Through the charity Cress we have a special link with Christians in Sudan. Cress website http://cressuk.org/ 

 

As a Church School we believe we have a responsibility to support various charities. The school council chooses their nominated charity every year. We also support the Trussell Trust Harvest Appeal for the Salisbury Foodbank and the Trussell Trust shoe box appeal to give Christmas presents to people in countries in Eastern Europe such as Romania.

 

Inspection

As a Voluntary Aided School we are inspected by the National Society every 5 years. Please see our last inspection report from 2017 when the school was graded as ‘outstanding’ in all areas. We believe that we have continued to maintain and further develop ourselves as a Christian School.

 

We have continued to develop our RE, recently incorporating elements of Discovery RE.

 

We believe that a solid SMSC education underpins all that we do and that if we get the Spiritual aspect of this right everything else flows from this.

 

In summer 2015 and summer 2016 the school held an Arts and Values week to refresh our school values and create art work (some permanent) to enable the whole school community to celebrate our Christian values.

 

ARTS AND VALUES WEEK