Faith & RE Introduction
The whole school has links with the church and local community. Many of the main festivals are celebrated at All Saints Church, parents are always warmly invited to these occasions.
The Board of Education oversees the provision of Church schools in the Diocese of Peterborough. All Saints is one of these schools.
Assembly and worship
Assembly is a special time where children, staff and friends of the school can come together and share ideas and experiences. At their core are Christian values.
An integral part of assembly is the act of worship, which adds a spiritual dimension to the proceedings. All children present are requested to reflect upon the content of the assembly and to respond and worship according to Christian traditions.
Father Tony leads Wednesday whole school assemblies at school (or on every first Wednesday of the month at All Saints Church). The community are also welcome in school for the Wednesday morning assembly. The school has a number of church services, Harvest Festival, Christingle, Nativity, Easter and an end of year leavers’ service.
Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from the Act of Worship and R.E. lessons however, as parents/guardians choose to send their children to All Saints Church of England Primary School, we would expect that they are happy for them to participate fully.
In November we had our SIAMS inspection (Statutory Inspection of Anglian and Methodist Schools)
This process happens every 5 years and in 2011 the school was judged as good. I am delighted to inform you that on this occasion we received "OUTSTANDING" in all areas. There are a few other schools within Northamptonshire that have this status but a tiny minority that has an outstanding grade across the four areas.
Key Quotes from the report, made on each of the areas are:
Christian Character and Distinctiveness
Relationships are of the highest standard in this school and are shaped by its Christian character. All members of the community talk about the family feeling where each is seen as a valued member. Pupils behaviour is outstanding and this is attributed to the school's ethos by parents. The school works to support pupils and their familites demonstrating Christian love and care for all. Pupils benefit richly from the ways in which discussion and written work in RE and English prompt their spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) delveopment. Parents also value the way the school, through its Christian teaching, develops pupils' resilience and helps them to succeed in the next stage of their education.
Worship is seen as an important part of school life, making a strong contribution to spiritual and moral development. Worship themes inspire the pupils to work in the service of others both in the school and local communities, as well as with national and international charities. Through these experiences they understand how the Christian faith can be demonstrated and make a difference.
Learners are inspired by the subject of RE and learn well. Children are very proud of the work they produce and are able to give examples of how marking helps them to improve their learning. They describe how RE lessons are challenging, making them think about the impact of religion on believers. Teaching is never less than good and often outstanding. The expert subject lead is highly passionate about RE and clearly articulates her ambitious expectations to all the staff. The creative approach to the subject is supported by home learning projects such as the recent one linked to the local church celebration of 150 years since its foundation.
Members of the school community describe the Headteacher as an inspiring role model who promotes a vision deeply rooted in Christian values. They live out their Christian vision in everything they do for the school. The governing body fully supports her in this vision. The link between the local church and the school is strong. Parents speak warmly about their inclusion in the life of the school and the way they are made partners in their children's education. They talk about the difference the Christian ethos makes to the lives of their children.
The overall findings stated in the report
- The schools Christian character has a high profile and shapes its approach to building respect for diversity and difference.
- Distinctly Christian values shape the behaviour and relationships for all members of the school community.
- Inspirational religious education (RE) teaching encourages learners to apply their learning to their daily lives.
- The passionate leadership of the head teacher consistently models a vision rooted in Christian values.
We are very proud of this achievement which would not be possible if it was not for the amazing children at All Saints who spoke confidently to the inspector, the highly supportive Governing Body and parents, the brilliant Father Tony and finally the very talented staff team.