Church School Foundation
Church School Foundation
We are a Church of England School having been founded by the local parish. Details of our Christian Values - Thinking with Thanksgiving, Learning with Love and Caring with Compassion - can be found in the 'About Us' section of our website.
Our Trust Deed, dated 1860, clarifies our Christian foundation:
Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing education of the highest quality within the context of Christian beliefs and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers all its pupils.
A copy of our most recent Church Schools inspection can be found below. We are proud to have received recognition of our Outstanding Church School provision in October 2014.
Our children regularly visit local churches to worship and also to learn about how people worship there.
Our School Choir are invited to sing at the All Saints' Church Harvest Festival each year. Choir members and their families are always warmly welcomed at the church.
Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 lead Christmas Services in All Saints' Church each year. These acts of worship are led by the children and include carols, both traditional and modern, readings, presentations and prayers which help us to think about the miracle of the first Christmas. Children, staff and parents all attend the services.
Year 3 children enjoy a whole day of Easter Workshops at All Saints' Church each year. Clergy and volunteers from the congregation of All Saints' work alongside school staff and the Portsmouth Diocesan Education Team to plan and deliver engaging activities for our children.
Year 4 children visit All Saints' Church on our annual Spirituality Day.
School staff and governors work alongside clergy and volunteers from the congregation to plan and deliver activities to help our children explore Christian spirituality. This year activities were based on The Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Year 6 attend the Portsmouth Diocesan Leavers' Service at Portsmouth Cathedral each July. They also help our vicar to lead a Leavers' Communion Service at All Saints' Church to which their parents are invited.
In all Church of England schools, collective worship reflects the traditions of the Church of England and develops learners' understanding of Anglican traditions and practice.
Our daily worship takes a variety of forms. On Mondays the whole school - staff and children - join together for worship led by the Headteacher. On Tuesdays whole school worship is led by a visitor - clergy from All Saints’ Church or one of our school friends from other local Christian churches. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday children join together for worship in a variety of groups - half of the school, a Year Team or a Class. The form of worship varies from Celebration Worship, Songs of Worship and TLC Worship to Class-led Worship.
Our daily worship is planned around a fortnightly theme. We reflect on the theme and think about how our Christian Values of Thinking with Thanksgiving, Learning with Love and Caring with Compassion can help us to make positive life choices. While it is a Christian act of worship, we welcome children of Christian faith, other faiths and no faith to our worship and ensure it is planned to enable all children and staff to benefit without compromising their beliefs.
Collective worship in our school gives children and school staff the opportunity to:
- Engage in an act of community
- Express praise and thanksgiving to God
- Be still and reflect
- Explore the big questions of life and respond to national events
- Foster respect and deepen spiritual awareness
- Reflect on the character of God and on the teachings of Christ
- Affirm Christian values and attitudes
- Share each other's joys and challenges
- Celebrate special times in the Christian calendar