Our Distinctive Christian Character
As a Church of England academy we celebrate our Christian ethos, whilst also welcoming families of other faiths and none.
Our School Environment
As you walk around our school you will see our Christian ethos reflected in lots of places. The entrance area always has a reflective display. This might be reflecting the time of year, or a Christian value that we are thinking about. In the hall you will see banners made by the children with the support of Mrs Arrowsmith, one of our volunteers, which celebrate Christian values. In each classroom you will see a reflective area, which might include a cross, prayers written by children or a Bible.
Our School Day
Every day we start our day with Morning Worship. This is led by staff, children and visitors and includes music, stories from the Bible, stories from people of faith, prayer and time to reflect. Once a week our morning worship is led by a member of St John's church, strengthening the links we share, and from time to time this is held in church rather than in school. Occasionally we have special weeks such as our Easter journey week, or our recent Prayer Spaces week, when we spend more time thinking about our faith.
Before lunch and at the end of the day each class has a time of prayer, thanking God for our food and for all that has been achieved during the day.
As a Christian school Religious Education is an important part of the curriculum and we strive for the highest standards in this. We follow the Diocese of York syllabus, as we learn about the Christianity and other world faiths However our faith permeates all areas of the curriculum as we learn about the world around us.
Our curriculum information demonstrates how we do this.
Living out our Faith
Our Christian faith encourages us all to be the best we can and within the school we encourage, and sometimes challenge, the children to achieve the best and not settle for mediocrity. Our Friday assembly is a time of sharing work and achievements - it is the part of the week when the children are publicly praised, not necessarily for being the best but for doing the best they are able, and we invite parents of 'Stars of the Week' to join us.
As a school community we aim to imitate the life of Jesus in our relationships with each other and the wider world. We foster a family atmosphere where all people are respected and each child knows that they are important and worthwhile members of the school and wider society. Consideration for others is a priority of our school.
Part of the Christian tradition is about being a neighbour and we live this out by playing our part within the community. This can be seen in the way we have supported local, national and international charities. This year our chosen charity is 'WaterAid' and we are holding various fundraising activities to support this worthwhile cause. Each week we invite members of the community to join us for lunch, including older people, parents and grandparents.