The distinctiveness and effectiveness of St. Anne’s as a Church of England school.
Christian values are clearly expressed and demonstrated by children and staff and underpin the positive relationships between all members of the community.
Carefully planned collective worship develops a secure understanding of the Church’s year and of Christian festivals and includes teaching about Jesus and the Bible.
Parents and members of the local church and community contribute fully to school life and value the mutual benefits which arise from their involvement and from the school’s participation in local community activities.
The school`s distinctive Christian character.
Distinctively Christian values are clearly expressed through the school’s Golden Values which are displayed in classrooms and around the building.
All staff model Christian values and relationships between children and adults are positive. The children are warm, friendly, caring and respectful.
Children respect each other as individuals and recognise the spirit of fairness which pervades school life: ‘We’re all individuals and we’re all different but we’re all treated fairly.’ Children also recognise the cohesive nature of the make-up of the school community. A school councillor said, ‘We’re a school for all religions.’
Children at St Anne’s regularly support local, national and international charity appeals and events such as Jeans for Genes and Comic Relief. They understand that the school’s values of compassion, justice, friendship and hope are demonstrated through this support.
Collective worship is an important part of daily school life. Themes for worship are carefully planned with a weekly biblical focus and links to the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) programme. The school’s core values of friendship, perseverance and faith are emphasised through the school prayer which is known by all children and used frequently in worship.
Clergy and lay people from St Anne’s church play an important part in the school’s marking of Christian festivals through a carefully planned programme of Experience Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. Through this shared community worship, children develop a good understanding of key Christian festivals. The vicar of St Anne’s is a governor and a regular presence in school. She attends collective worship and provides a strong link with the church. This helps the children to understand the importance of the church in their community.
Leadership and management of the school as a church school.
The Head teacher and senior leadership of St. Anne’s articulate a vision shared by all staff and governors for the school as a Christian community. The distinctively Christian values they have established as the foundation of school policy and practice underpin children’s good behaviour and moral, social and cultural development. Effective communication with parents ensures that they understand and share the leaders’ vision.
St. Anne’s church and the local community contribute fully to school life through shared events and activities such as the Bible service for Reception children and their families, the peace garden and local community projects.
National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools Report 2014