What is a Church School?
As a church school, St Andrew's aims to develop its religious character taking into account the principles of the Church of England and promotes Christian values through the experience we offer to all our pupils.
We believe that every person in our school community should flourish and broaden their horizons. Therefore, it is the element of 'enrichment’ that defines our school; we are a church school that endeavours to provide the widest of opportunities for all.
Within our caring and nurturing environment and guided by our shared Christian values, we aim to ensure that all voices in our school family can be heard and all are engaged in learning that develops and challenges them, excites their imagination and provides an opportunity to achieve their full potential.
We see everyone and everything as valued in the eyes of God and recognise that all the members of our family are individuals as we work towards a society of mutual respect, compassion and justice.
Being a Church of England Primary School means we embrace the following Christian Values. These values provide a focus for our collective worship and a different value will be considered each term. (As each term passes, you may click on each value to find out more information.)
(Although these values may be supported and shared by Christians and non-Christians alike, theological backgrounds and biblical references help to explore what is distinctively Christian about each value.)
The daily act of Christian collective worship plays a central role in the life and work at St Andrew's. It provides us with valuable opportunities to reaffirm our explicitly Christian values and ethos. It offers important opportunities to strengthen our sense of community, belonging and inclusiveness and to reinforce the respect and care we have for each other. Through collective worship we make a significant contribution to the religious, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of those present.
Each year we hold a Christmas Service, a service on St Andrew's Day as well as an Easter Service in St Peter's Church. These services are led by the children with input from the local church. Parent are very welcome to join us for these important events in the school year.
In school on a regular basis we hold an 'Open the Book Service' where members of the community come into school and teach the children about stories from the bible. (please click on the image)