The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners
The school has an outstanding Christian and inclusive ethos with all families feeling welcome. The importance of inclusion is recognised by parents who state that ‘there is support for the whole family’ and ‘no one is treated differently’ whatever their faith or background. One pupil said ‘we all believe that everyone should be respected and valued’, showing their excellent understanding of diversity, which is strengthened through the topics covered in the curriculum. The school’s five Christian values of respect, acceptance, forgiveness, compassion and honesty are well known and understood by all stakeholders. These values are made accessible to learners through the Five Golden Rules which are based on the gospel of Luke, verse 6:31.
They underpin the life of the school and impact positively upon the achievement of all learners, including those who are vulnerable, resulting in high standards which are above national averages at both Key Stage1 and Key Stage 2. Learners behave very well and this is due directly to the focus on the Christian values of the school. Pupils understand that honesty and truthfulness are paramount and this has resulted in outstanding relationships between pupils and other members of the school community. Consequently pupils enjoy coming to school and attendance is high.
Due to effective planning and delivery, the Religious Education (RE) curriculum makes a significant contribution to the distinctive Christian character of the school. This is very evident in the indoor environment where Bible verses, pictures and Christian artefacts are clearly displayed. Pupils enjoy using the outdoor quiet area for reflection and prayer, showing their increasing spiritual development. Pupils are encouraged to have a duty of care towards others and good relationships are fostered between older and younger children in a number of ways. For example, older pupils are encouraged to support younger pupils through a buddy system and Year 6 pupils organise and run clubs. They enjoy these responsibilities and as a result Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) is excellent.
The impact of collective worship on the school community is outstanding
Pupils enjoy inspirational and engaging daily worship which is calm and purposeful. The high quality and variety of worship provided in school and in the church has a considerable and positive impact on pupils’ personal development and contributes significantly to their spiritual and moral development. It makes a significant contribution to the schools’ Christian ethos. The Bible is used daily in worship. Consequently pupils have an excellent knowledge of the teachings of Jesus and other Biblical material. Worship is clearly related to the explicitly Christian school values which are rooted in the Gospel. Learners attend All Saints’ Church for all major festivals including Christmas and Easter. This, together with the regular saying of the Lord’s Prayer and receiving of a blessing, ensures pupils have an excellent understanding of Anglican traditions and practices. Parents, governors and church members are invited to attend services, resulting in spiritual support for the wider school community. Prayer plays an important part in the life of the school. Pupils take many opportunities to pray and reflect as evidenced by the class prayer areas and the daily use of books of prayers written by pupils. Consequently prayers are relevant and meaningful to the pupils. One focus for development from the last inspection concerned the inclusion of pupils in leading worship. This has been fully addressed and pupils enjoy participating in and leading worship on a regular basis. For example, Year 6 pupils regularly plan and lead worship for those in Early Years, giving them a sense of responsibility. Many members of the community are also involved in leading worship, including parents as well as the incumbent. This has supported inclusion and as a result no pupil is withdrawn from worship.
Learners are aware of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit through the teaching of Pentecost, the recent focus on the Fruits of the Spirit throughout the school, and the saying of the Grace.
They are able to talk about this concept with a high degree of understanding and confidence. Careful and thorough planning of worship is undertaken by the headteacher in collaboration with the incumbent and RE leader ensuring continuity of approach, good progression and resulting in high quality delivery. However, whilst pupils feed back to senior leaders and governors on the Faith Group about worship, there are no formal procedures in place for those leading worship to be monitored or to receive feedback.