‘Church schools are as concerned as any other school to equip pupils for lives marked by rapid change, global competition and insecurity. But Church schools know in their viscera that this is not just about acquiring skills and good examination results.
It is about forming people who have the moral strength and spiritual depth to hold to a course and weather ups and downs.
It is about forming people who know that economic competition is not more important than family life and love of neighbour, and that technical innovation is not more important than reverence for the beauty of creation.
It is about forming people who, however academically and technically skilful, are not reduced to inarticulate embarrassment by the great questions of life and death, meaning and truth. Church schools themselves embody the truth that a context of firm principles suffused by faith and love is the best and right basis for learning and growing.’ Robert Runcie
‘The Christian character of the school makes a significant impact on the high academic achievement and progress that the children make across the curriculum and on their exemplary behaviour.’ The Queen Anne SIAMS Report 2016
We offer an invitation and understanding of the Christian faith, whilst being inclusive of all faiths or no faith at all. The Christian Foundation is evident in the school vision: In a Christian Community, we all Achieve, Enjoy and Include.
We are a Church of England school and as such our Christian values impact the lives of learners and on the whole life of the school.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23.
The Fruits of the Spirit form a golden thread which runs throughout our whole school. As the focus is not limited just to the assembly, but is directly linked to the school’s behaviour expectations and class rules, staff and children are able to articulate and regularly demonstrate the values in all aspects of school life, which ensures that the Christian Values are alive and meaningful in our school.
Collective Worship: It is a statutory requirement for all schools that an act of collective worship, broadly Christian in nature, is held each day. Worship is integral to the life and ethos of our church school and is led by staff with contributions from pupils and visitors to the school.
All parents have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship. The Head Teacher would wish to discuss with parents, implications of accommodating the parent’s views on withdrawal. Our worship is inclusive, rooted in the Christian faith, but accessible to all members of the school community, whatever their religious background or stage of development.
We have strong links with All Saints Church in Windsor. Reverend Margaret Bird, and members of the church, regularly visits the school and welcomes the school to the church. We hold our Harvest, Christmas, Easter and the Leavers Service in the church. The church is also used regularly as a resource for the curriculum.
Members of the church lead weekly ‘Open the Book’ assemblies where themed and dramatised storytelling are presented using drama, mime, props, costume – and even the children and staff themselves – to present the Bible stories in lively and informative ways.
Opportunities are offered to develop spirituality including Prayer Spaces sessions and times of silence and reflection.
Our school vision notes the inclusion of all and the encouragement of curiosity in all aspects of life and this includes all faiths. Our Religious Education programme of study and our rich curriculum help to develop an understanding of the diverse nature of our world.
‘Pupils explore their ideas, enriching their knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith. Pupils have developed a deeper understanding of other faiths and awareness of Christianity as a world faith as a result of a greater focus within the RE.’ The Queen Anne Ofsted Report 2016