Ann Edwards Church of England Primary School
‘Learning and Achieving Together in a Caring Community’
‘Do to others what you would want them to do to you’ Matthew 7:12
Ann Edwards Church of England Primary School provides the highest quality education within the context of caring Christian beliefs and practices; in partnership with our local church ‘ All Hallows’ Ann Edwards C of E Primary School is a creative , nurturing inclusive community shaped by our vision for spiritual growth and our Christian values. Children of any faith, or none, are given the opportunity to develop their own spirituality, valuing wisdom, growing in hope, showing respect and exploring big questions
The Church of England has always been concerned with education in many forms and the history of Church schools began when the National Society for the Promotion of Education was founded in 1811.
“A community school with a distinctive Christian character.”
- The ethos of the schools is based on distinctively Christian values
- Church schools have Christian beliefs and values at their heart. This means that every child and adult associated with the school is not just important because they are members of the school but also because they are seen as unique individuals within God’s creation
- Church schools recognise that as well as academic and emotional intelligence human beings also have spiritual intelligence
- The values of our country have their roots in the Christian faith.
- That distinctive difference will be rooted in Christian values that affect the way everyone behaves and in the way everyone is respected.
- Areas for reflection which contain school prayers and prayers that the children have created themselves.
- Greater emphasis on links with the local parish church
- Church schools encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promote Christian values through the experience that they offer all pupils.
“Christian values make a difference to the quality of relationships throughout the school community and underpin the care and nurture given to meet the needs of all children” SIAMS Report 2016
Our SARA (Spiritual and Reflection Area) Garden’
As a church school, our SARA Garden is an area to encourage our pupils to reflect, find peace and quiet and to allow for prayer, reflection and peer mediation. Our SARA garden is set slightly apart from the rest of the school grounds to create an ambience and atmosphere that is special and sacred, providing additional SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) opportunities and adding a spiritual dimension to outdoor learning.
We have dedicated time and love to bringing this special, reflective outdoor space back to being an area of beauty where our children and staff can find quiet and calm. Our plan is for the children, through the school pupil council, to reflect on its use and take ownership of how we develop it further in the future.
Church Schools Links
SIAMs Report July 2016
Our All Hallows Church Links
We have very close links with All Hallows Church, our village church in South Cerney. Children visit the church termly for special services such as, Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas, Easter or Leaver’s and to enhance their learning in religious education. Our Collective Worship Pupils Ethos group plan and lead services in conjunction with the RE subject lead and Reverend Jennifer McKenzie.
Reverend Jennifer Mackenzie visits our school on a regular basis, she is a Foundation Member of the Local Governing Board, an Ethos Committee member and she leads worship.
We have visitors from regular church members leading Open the Book.
Church members also hear readers and always come along to our prayer space mornings and community events. The younger children in school invite older residents to their nativity play and the local playgroup come along too. In addition to this we promote church events through our newsletter and our choir attend many Church events supporting their local church community through song.
Every alternate two years we work with the I Sing Pop team to create a CD and also hold two concerts in the church. On the alternating year we decorate a Christmas tree for the church as part of a whole school Christmas tree community event.
Our Christian Values
At Ann Edwards Church of England Primary School, our aim and purpose is summed up in our schools vision statement :
‘Learning and achieving together in a caring environment ‘
We are a caring and happy school that encourages everyone, both children and staff, to give their best.
Our vision for Ann Edwards C of E Primary School is based on a foundation of Christian values and principles which include respect, creativity, compassion, responsibility, courage, truthfulness, and perseverance. They form the basis of the spiritual, social, intellectual, emotional and moral development of our children. These values are addressed through specific lessons, assemblies and collective acts of worship, but we also embed these ideals throughout the whole curriculum. We encourage the whole school community to take greater responsibility for their own behaviour, actions and learning. As adults, we lead by example and demonstrate to the children that we care for them, have a positive perception of them, understand their feelings and listen to their views. We strive to create a positive climate for all within the school, where everyone is valued and respected and where disrespectful attitudes and actions are challenged should they arise. It is important, as the children grow up, that they learn to choose, develop and deepen their own positive values and consider the implications of their choices in relation to themselves, the communities of which they are a part, and society at large.
We have twelve main themes, which form the basis of our ‘Values’ work in school, they are:
These values are presented one for each of the six terms. We work on a two year cycle. Links between the values are referred to at all times, as and when appropriate. This helps the children to realise that values are connected to each other and also to recognise how those links can be made. Whatever the theme, the whole school community should be encouraged to see these values in the light of the way they behave and the decisions they make. By clicking on the link, you can access stories, activities and questions you may like to explore with your child and as a family. We hope you enjoy them.
Our daily collective worship is central and an important part of the school day for staff and pupils. Children are actively encouraged to engage in collective worship as well as lead collective worship. Each day we hold a different type of Christian based worship that fosters pupil’s spiritual development. Everyone is welcome, of all faiths and none. We call upon a range of links in the community and resources to support worship. Values based collective worship uses materials created by Imaginor publications or the Values for Life materials created by Jumping Fish publications of Gloucestershire Diocese. We use the Understanding Christianity project at school as part of our Religious Education programme, but often use it to enable children to ‘see’ where Bible stories are in the Old or New Testaments.
Collective worship provides a space and a place for the telling of the Christian story, the mutual giving and receiving of worth as well as times of reflection and prayer. We aim for our collective worship to be inspirational and transformational.
Collective Worship Weekly Timetable:
Day / Time
Whole school & all staff
|Value of the Term
Roots and Fruits.
|Head , Rev. McKenzie or RE Subject Lead|
|Tuesday 9.10 am
|Bible stories & learning from them||Open the book team
(Children actively involved )
|Wednesday 10.10 am
|Values Based Stories
Linked to the current Value of the Term
Class worship – all staff
|Worship through song or Class Assembly||Music Subject Lead or Class teachers and children|
Whole school & staff
|Celebration worship & reflecting upon the week – a time for personal reflection.|| Child Led
Head or Deputy Head
Prayer and Prayer Spaces
Prayer is very important to us at Ann Edwards CE Primary School and there is a dedicated prayer / reflection station in the school entrance this is used by children and members of the school community to offer personal prayers.
Each class has a space for prayers or reflections and this is also used to think about our school values or to explore faith and spirituality in a safe, creative and interactive way.
Throughout the school year we have dedicated days to develop pupils’ awareness of and opportunities for prayer through Prayer Spaces. As the Prayer Spaces have developed the children’s involvement and contributions have significantly increased and this is reflected in the level and nature of responses children give. These are special times to pray and reflect together.