As a Church of England (controlled) Primary School we recognise the importance of having a distinctive Christian character and actively seek to develop this. One of school aims which is specifically related to being a church school is ‘To help pupils develop their own values and beliefs, and yet respect the religious, cultural and moral values of others, whilst providing them with an education based on Christian principles.’
This is our Christian Character display. It can be seen around the school. It encompasses our Motto, Core Learning Values and Christian Values and celebrates what makes us distinctive as a Church School.
We have a strong, caring ethos, evident in the way we support, relate to and encourage one another based on Christian values.
We address and provide opportunities for a high-quality, broad and balanced curriculum in order to fulfil our school motto ‘Stewards of the Earth, Eager to Learn, Faithful to God’.
Our daily act of collective worship reflects the beliefs and practices of the Church of England, for example through calls and responses. Turners Hill C of E School is committed to providing daily collective worship for all pupils as is the statutory requirement: to reflect on and celebrate the values of the school, to re-enforce the values of the community and to show the importance of worshipping together. Further information about how we do this in our school can be found via this link, which includes recordings made during collective worship.
Around our school you will find evidence of our Christian character expressed in visible and practical ways including displays, art work and symbols.
Our annual programme of events includes visits to and services in our local parish church e.g. Harvest Festival, Christingle and Easter.
We have good links with local churches with both the Vicar from St Leonards and the Pastor of the Free Church being regular visitors to our school to support Collective Worship and our Religious Education Curriculum.We strive to develop strong links between home and school. In connection with our Christian Values suggested activities can be found by clicking on the relevant links below:
Ofsted, March 2016
‘The school’s promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding and a strength of the school. Displays around the school visually promote its core values at every opportunity. Pupils know about other faiths through their religious education lessons. Pupils take their responsibilities as ‘stewards of the earth’ to look after the planet very seriously; maple class are the ‘womblers’ who keep the school site tidy, while holly class care for the school’s brood of chickens. Christian values are woven through every aspect of school life and pupils participate thoughtfully and sensitively in collective worship.’
Turners Hill C of E School is committed to providing daily collective worship for all pupils as is the statutory requirement: to reflect on and celebrate the values of the school, to re-enforce the values of the community and to show the importance of worshipping together. The video will show information about how we do this in our school, which includes recordings made during collective worship.
Our intention is not to convert any child to a particular religion or belief system. We respect the right of all individuals to hold their own beliefs or none and will always support this provided those beliefs and practices do not contravene the law or compromise the rights or well-being of others.
Our School Creed
Lord bless our school,
let peace dwell here,
let us be filled with joy,
let love abide here,
love of one another,
love of mankind,
love of life itself and love of God.
Let us remember that, as many hands build a house,
so many hearts make a school.