Our school has close links with our church, St John's. Our children visit the church throughout the year for services and learning opportunities.
There currently is not Priest in Charge at St John's. Father Dennis and other local clergy visit us in school to lead worship. We are grateful for their on going support and encouragement including Maggie Paddison from ACTs and Jan Fletcher from New Life Church.
Our school values are lived out in all that we do, in our school and in our community.
Our Young Worship Leaders are instumental in planning and leading worship sessions, evaluating and monitoring our worship times both in the hall and in the classroom.
How our VISION and Mission link
What do we hope for our children?
How do we help them achieve their dreams/goals?
How do we Inspire them in their ambitions?
How do we enable children and ourselves to achieve our hopes, dreams and intentions?
What will we see when we achieve this intention?
How will we know that we have achieved our intentions?
We hope/intend that our children will be:
life-long learners, within a Christian environment
That they will achieve their aspiration
We all need to believe in ourselves, one another and our community.
We should be encouraged to follow our own beliefs and be aware of others beliefs.
Through a curriculum that is:
Inclusive (Quality First Teaching)
Through worship that is prayerful, reflective, creative, inclusive, invitational and inspiring
With positive reinforcement
in a nurturing environment, providing interventions, counselling and therapy.
Inspiring parents in their role as co-educators – attending workshops and Look and Learn sessions
We can be:
Life long learners
Our children achieve their:
Gifts and talents
Life in all it’s fullness
Become good citizens
positive social interactions
good mental health and well being
Our Christian Mission, Vision and Values are reflected in the distinctive Christian ethos of our school. This is seen explicitly in our daily collective worship and reflection. Collective Worship is at the centre of our school community and helps us at the start of each day. We have strong links with Christian organisations in the local community and their representatives are frequent leaders of our daily worship. Our pupil's spiritual, social and moral development is grounded in Christian teaching where we learn to respect, forgive and care for each other and our world.
As we are a church school RE forms part of our weekly curriculum and the statement of entitlement for this can be seen on our website and is alongside our yearly overview for each year group. We follow the Kent Syllabus for RE and the principle aim is:
“To engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and world views address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own”.
thank you for our school,
Please help us to work
and play together
that this may be a happy place.
Keep us together,
so that we may be
a strong community,
caring for and helping each other,
in Jesus' name.