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What is a Church of England School?

 

Before the government became involved with providing education for everyone in England- there were church schools and other charitable schools. The majority of church schools were built in the 1800's.

When the state became involved with providing mass education, church schools became integrated into the education provided by the state. All these schools are known as maintained schools - they are funded by the state. All maintained schools including the Church school have to teach Religious Education and hold a daily act of worship. So church schools work on the same basis as community schools.

The purpose of a Church of England school is to offer a spiritual dimension to the lives of young people, within the traditions of the Church of England, in an increasingly secular world.

25% of primary schools in England have a Church foundation.

In the Derby Diocese there are 111 Church of England schools. The schools are supported by the Board of Education whose vision is To Offer our children and young people life in all its fullness

What is being added by being a Church of England school?

Church school have Christian beliefs and values at their heart. This means that every child and adult associated with the school is not just important because they are members of the school but because they are seen as unique individuals within God's creation.

Church schools recognise that as well as academic and emotional intelligence human beings also have spiritual intelligence. The spiritual aspects of life will be recognised, and nurtured alongside the academic and emotional needs of all.

Church schools are places where challenge through questioning is encouraged as through this we can make sense of the world, the gift of life and the purpose of our own personal lives.

The purpose of a Church of England school is to offer a spiritual dimension to the lives of young people, within the traditions of the Church of England, in an increasingly secular world.

What differences should you notice ?

As a pupil, parent, visitor or member of staff you should find that your church school is as good as any other good school but you should feel that the way the school works is different and distinctive. That distinctive difference will be rooted in Christian values that affect the way everyone is respected.


What else?

Church schools are encouraged to:
  • ensure that the school is led by a headteacher who is committed, with the help of staff, to establish and maintain the Christian character of the school in its day to day activities and in the curriculum
  • engage meaningfully in a real act of Christian worship every day
  • offer a school life that incorporates the values of the Christian faith
  • ensure that religious education is given at least 5% of school time and that the character and quality of religious education are a particular concern of the headteacher and the governing body
  • observe the major Christian festivals and in schools which other faiths are present ensure that those faiths are able and encouraged to mark their major festivals with integrity
  • maintain and develop an active and affirming relationship with a parish church

 

 

Links with St Andrew's Church

 

We have very close links and are well supported by our local church St Andrew's, Hadfield.  The vicar of St Andrew's is Revd Felicity Walters.

John Roberts, a St Andrew's Church Reader and lay minister, leads a weekly Collective Worship for pupils and staff.  John is also a Foundation Governor.

Seeing a pupil and community need, St Andrew's Church started the early morning Breakfast Club several years ago to support our pupils who may otherwise have missed their breakfast. Teams of volunteer church members served the pupils each day.  Over the years, many thousands of our pupils have received a healthy breakfast.  More recently, the Church asked if the School could begin to take over the running and leading of the Breakfast Club. This has enabled the original vision to meet the needs of our pupils to continue and grow.

A church prayer group meets at the school every Monday to pray for the pupils, staff, parents, Governors and our school community.  Pupils and staff have an opportunity to request prayers via a prayer request box.

Once a month, we are fortunate to have our Collective Worship taken by Vicky (with Scruffy!) and Reverend Mike from the village Methodist Church.

Through our close links to St Andrew's, we were delighted to host a visit, last June (2019) by the newly appointed Bishop of Derby, Libby Lane.

St Andrew's Church and the local Methodist church, supports and is well represented on our school Governing Body, and appoints two Foundation Governors, with one place vacant currently.

The Church also encourages and supports the school in many other practical ways such as the use of the wonderful church building to perform our larger whole school performances and enjoy our Christian festivals and celebrations.

http://www.standrews-hadfield.org.uk/

 

 

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