Whaplode
Church of England
Primary School

Our Ethos

Inspire Believe Achieve

Our aim is to inspire and encourage our children to believe in their ability to succeed through learning. This vision will enable them to achieve and succeed in reaching their full potential and beyond, now and for their future.

Within our school we work very hard to create a team of teachers, non-teaching and support staff that will support each child in reaching their potential. Many who visit us comment on the strength of our ‘staff team’ and their shared commitment to help every child in the school achieve their best.

We value the broad and balanced curriculum which our staff offers and all children are able to access not only academic, but creative and physical areas of the National Curriculum fully, so that they receive the highest standard of education.

Within a Christian ethos we aim to:

We are a school that prides itself on our Christian values and aims to ensure all of our pupils feel happy, secure and valued, enabling them to make a worthwhile contribution as young people within their community.

Our school provides a gateway for children to discover, explore and learn in a caring environment. Childhood is a magical, wonderful time and our pupils follow a varied and active programme designed to give them the opportunity to build confidence and learn everything they will need for their future.

SMSC

SMSC stands for spiritualmoralsocial and cultural. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC. We hope that this page clearly identifies how we do this within our school, community and families and how we meet some of the required outcomes.

Spiritual
Explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Moral
Recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Social
Use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.
Cultural
Appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

Collective Worship

As a Church School Collective worship is an important part of our school day. Collective worship takes place everyday. During Collective Worship, we light a candle to both symbolise Jesus (as light of the world) and also as a visible sign of worship has ended. This can also be done when worship is in the classrooms.

Children may be withdrawn from RE /collective worship for religious reasons at the wish of their parents/ carers. The Head Teacher will ensure that suitable provision is made for such pupils.

  • Monday - 09:10 whole School collective Worship
  • Tuesday - 09:10 whole School collective Worship
  • Wednesday - Class collective worships during the day
  • Thursday - Class collective worship & 09:10 celebration with invitations to parents and carers.
  • Friday
    • KS2 Collective worship 09:10
    • KS1 Collective Worship 14:50

We are lucky to have four visiting clergy who support our collective worship.

Prayers are said before lunch and the end of the day when there is not an end of the day collective worship. Certificates for stars of the week are presented to the children. Attendance certificates are awarded each half term to pupils with 100% attendance.

We try to ensure close links with our church

  • October: Harvest festival
  • December: Christmas Service and Nativity
  • February: Spring service
  • April: Easter service
  • June: Summer Service
  • July : Leavers service

Collective Worship Council

Being a church school is very important to us. The collective worship council meets regularly with Mrs Flack and Mrs Adie to talk about how we can improve collective worship for everybody in school.

The collective worship council plan and lead collective worship and Church services led by themselves and other children.

The collective worship council also evaluate collective worship so we can improve them. They will regularly seek the views of their classmates and develop links with other church schools.

The worship council are designing and making altar cloths for the church year with representatives from the local church.

The worship council monitor the school environment with regard to church school distinctiveness and feed back strengths and areas to develop with all staff.