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As a Church School

As a Church of England School

 

At Holy Apostles’ School, we provide a safe and stimulating learning environment where all can flourish as children of God. Our Core Christian Values permeate all aspects of school life and we try our best to live out these values in all that we do. Each half-term has a different Christian Value as a focus, and pupils take great pride in demonstrating how they are able to live out this value.

Collective Worship takes place daily and contributes significantly towards our pupils’ spiritual development. Spirituality is valued highly and opportunities for reflection are provided both within the RE curriculum and throughout the school. This helps to deepen our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC).

We have close links with our own Parish Church and take opportunities to visit other local places of worship when learning about festivals of other faiths and religions. We visit Holy Apostles’ Church to celebrate Christmas each year and clergy from the Church frequently visit the school.

 

Our Values

 

Holy Apostles’ Church or England (Aided) Primary School's mission is to provide high quality educational opportunities to all members of the school community, underpinned and promoted by our Core Christian Values of Love, Forgiveness, Happiness, Friendship, Equality, Honesty and Perseverance. In short, we want all to: Learn Well; Live Well. We aim to fulfil this mission in all our daily living but especially through our provision for Religious Education and daily Collective Worship. Elsewhere in the curriculum, our Christian Values and Ethos seek to provide opportunities and experiences to promote pupils’ spiritual and moral development and to provide a strong basis for their lifelong learning.

 

Our Ethos

 

Holy Apostles’ School values very much and enjoys a close affiliation with Holy Apostles' Church and, underpinned by our Christian Values, we seek to connect school, home, church and community through our daily living and curricular activities. Pupils, of all faiths and none, are given the opportunity to develop their own spirituality, to be curious and ask big questions and to make good choices. All are cherished and nurtured and given the best educational opportunities to enable them to flourish and achieve as well as they can. The governors and staff at Holy Apostles’ School are proud of its Christian Foundation. All staff are committed to continuing professional development and are supported by the Head Teacher and governors in this.

 

Our Aims

 

We aim to provide the best quality of teaching and learning for all the pupils in our care. We want to ensure that they are happy, motivated, independent learners who are well behaved and show respect and care for others. All pupils, staff, governors and parents are valued members of the school community that is noted for academic success and that welcomes and includes pupils with a wide range of abilities and skills. In summary, our aims are:

 

  • To equip our pupils with the confidence and skills to learn academically, vocationally, socially and spiritually and to take responsibility for their learning and actions.
  • To provide a stimulating, broad and balanced high quality curriculum that is fully inclusive.
  • To provide a safe, happy and healthy environment in which all pupils and staff are encouraged to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
  • To create a welcoming school community, in which all families are encouraged to play an active role in their child’s education.
  • To encourage all pupils to make a valuable contribution to the school, local and wider communities.
  • To develop respect and consideration for the beliefs, differences and ways of life of everyone involved in the school.
  • To enable staff and pupils to explore and discuss faith and worship, working from a Christian foundation, in the context of a multi-faith society.

 

Our Core Christian Values

 

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 Happiness 

 

 Equality 

 Fairness, Mindfulness, Kindness 

 Forgiveness 

 Trustworthiness, Truthfulness, Reliability 

 Happiness 

 Giving, Helpfulness, Joyfulness 

 Honesty 

 Courage, Resilience, Dedication 

 Friendship 

 Respect, Loyalty, Sportsmanship 

 Love 

 Caring, Appreciation, Generosity 

 Perseverance 

 Hope, Resilience, Courage 

 

Our Christian Values sit side by side with our British Values and the wider curriculum and permeate all aspects of our school life. Our pupils live out these values in all that they do.

 

Collective Worship

 

Collective Worship takes place daily and contributes significantly towards our children’s spiritual development. We understand that time for reflection during Collective Worship and at other times during the day is an essential part of developing our children’s spiritual, moral, social, and cultural (SMSC) awareness. Our Policy can be found here

 

Our Collective Worship Committee

 

Our Collective Worship Committee is made up of .

 

The Committee’s aims are (i) to play an active role in planning, leading and evaluating Collective Worship; and (ii) to support the development of Holy Apostles’ as a Church School.

 

Areas for Reflection

 

We have areas for reflection throughout school. They are places for pupils to come to for a moment of quiet and peacefulness, to think or to pray. To help them in their thoughts and prayers, these areas have a cross and the Bible as a focal point as well as other artefacts. As part of their role, our Collective Worship Committee also contribute ideas for these areas.

 

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