Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
Those are wise words from the Bible that highlight St Andrew’s school’s foundation in the Christian faith. This is evident from our name, our location beside the village church and even within the mortar of our historic building such as the plaque opposite.
Within our school our Christian foundation is made evident through regular Collective Worship (CW) that follows the published scheme Roots and Fruits, by emphasising Understanding Christianity in Religious Education (RE); having special visits to the parish church (Harvest, Christmas, Easter, etc); welcoming guest speakers from the village church and chapel, and by displaying and making reference to our Christian values in the general life of the school. A new value is explored each term with children being encouraged to demonstrate the value in their behaviours.
Proverb Plaque on the front of the school
We also have a spiritual reflection garden on site. This is accessible to the children throughout the day as a place of quiet, reflection, prayer, pondering, or stillness amidst the business of life.
While it is impossible to provide an exhaustive list of our Christian values, we follow those recommended by the Diocese of Gloucestershire (and which are explored in Roots and Fruits).
This year we are focusing on 6 values:
- Thankfulness: giving thanks to God for His many blessings (James 1:17; Eph 5:20)
- Trust: firm belief that God or a person is reliable and will not let you down (Ps 37:5; Prov 3:5)
- Perseverance: persistence in doing something despite challenge, whilst waiting on the Lord (Isa 40:28–31; Ro 5:3; Ja 1:2–4)
- Justice: acting uprightly and seeking right treatment for others (Prov 21:15; Amos 5:24; Mic 6:8)
- Service: helping others even when it costs you (Mt 7:12; Phil 2:7; 1 Pet 4:10)
- Truthfulness: seeking the truth, speaking the truth, and living by the truth (Jn 8:32; Ex 22:16; Jn 3:21)
Other values include:
At St. Andrew’s CE School we celebrate our Britishness and its Christian heritage. All schools are required to show how they actively promote British values (as defined in the 2011 Prevent Strategy). These are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
From student council (democracy) to school rules (rule of law), giving the freedom for students to learn and grow (individual liberty) to “treating others the way you want to be treated” Mt 7:12 (mutual respect), and learning of others beliefs we seek to incorporate British values into the life of the school.
Remembrance Day 2016
The Queen’s Tea Party
Please see below for examples of how we promote British and Christian values at St Andrew’s School:
- School rules
- School council (which is democratically elected)
- Clear behaviour system consistently applied and positive reward systems which promote co-operation.
- Paired work, group work, taking turns, sharing, tolerance, support, respect, care are all taught and modelled.
- Children are encouraged to become confident individuals and develop strong communication skills through roles and responsibilities (children helping to prepare the class in the morning, class rota of jobs and prepare a class assembly once a week). The Year 6 have a vast array of ‘jobs’ across the school ranging from being assembly or Infant monitors, to being PE monitors.
- Themes during RE, PSHE and English provide opportunities for debate around human rights.
- Celebration of the achievements of inspirational people and those who have suffered trauma as role models (Nelson Mandela- African topic).
- The scheme of work for RE lessons, (South Glos scheme of work), where tolerance and understanding form a significant element of learning and all major religions are explored. Examples are: learning about major religious beliefs and how they complement each other and have common values.
- Music and art opportunities particularly give a lot of scope for cultural and historical distinctiveness to be celebrated.
- Behaviour policy which teaches boundaries, recognises pupils fulfilling expectation, rewards those who go above and beyond, and support pupils to improve if they do not live up to the expectation. This is consistent and successful (“Outstanding behaviour of pupils” OFSTED 2011) in our school and creates the bedrock of the work our pupils undertake.