Church of England: Vision for Education 2016
In line with the Church of England’s role as the established Church, our vision is for the common good of the whole community.
Educating for wisdom, knowledge and skills: enabling discipline, confidence and delight in seeking wisdom and knowledge, and developing talents in all areas of life.
Educating for hope and aspiration: enabling healing, repair and renewal, coping wisely when things go wrong, opening horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them.
Educating for community and living well together: a core focus on relationships, participation in communities and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.
Educating for dignity and respect: the basic principle of respect for the value and preciousness of each person, treating each person as a unique individual of inherent worth.
‘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, patience, 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. 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 feel a strong sense of being part of the school family.
The Queen Anne Ofsted Report 2019