Our Christian Ethos

Our Vision

A small school with a ‘can do’ attitude.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me - Philippians 4:13
Our Christian Ethos
Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of religious belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all pupils. We have a close partnership with St Mary Le Moor Church and more information about the church can be found here.

Our Christian Values
We work towards teaching and demonstrating six core values, these are:

Love, Courage, Honesty, Respect, Empathy, Faith

Collective Worship
Worship is a central focus for us as a Church of England School. It provides a means by which Christian values, stories and principles may be reflected upon and affirmed, and children may encounter values, principles and stories from other major faiths. Collective worship should provide an opportunity for children to worship together and for their spirituality to find expression. Children should have the opportunity also to consider spiritual and moral issues and to explore their own beliefs, reflecting upon the mystery and wonder of the world and its creation.

At our school we call this 'Praise Time'.

Each day there is a different focus for our praise and all children are included to take part whatever their faith or belief. Praise time is an opportunity to celebrate, learn, share and think as a whole school or in small groups and our children are keen to lead the praise time when they can. Come along at 2:30PM each Friday to our 'Praise with Parents'

Major religious festivals are celebrated and links with the local community are strengthened by frequent service at our parish church, St Mary Le Moor in Cadmore End. These special services at our parish church include Harvest, Remembrance Day, Christmas, Easter and Leavers' Service; we also use the building as a historic and religious resource. In addition the parish priest is a school governor and takes Praise Time in the school once a week.

Some pupils may have had no religious experience at all when they enter the school. They are encouraged to participate and respond, whether through active involvement, or by sitting and listening. Individual beliefs are welcomed and respected. We are all individuals unique and precious to God. The aim is to “lead gently”, to stimulate the children’s imaginations and develop their understanding, not to indoctrinate.

Our School Prayer
This is our school,

let peace dwell here,

let the place be full of contentment,

let love abide here,

love of one another,

love of God,

love of life itself.

Let us remember that as many hands build a house,

so every child can help to make our school a happy place.


What is a SIAMS inspection?

SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school's Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles appropriate to, and reflective of, their particular context in order to be distinctively and effectively Christian in their character and ethos. SIAMS inspectors therefore do not look for a set template of what a Church school should be like, but rather take the particular context of the school into account and base their evaluation on the outcomes rather than the process.

The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: how effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?

This is explored through seven strands:

  • Vision and Leadership
  • Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
  • Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
  • Community and Living Well Together
  • Dignity and Respect
  • The impact of collective worship
  • The effectiveness of religious education 

One overall grade is awarded reflecting the contribution of these strands to the flourishing of pupils and adults in a Church school. In addition a standalone grade is awarded in all schools for collective worship and in voluntary aided (VA) schools and former VA schools for religious education (RE). This grade is based on teaching and learning alone.