A Church of England School
Our Christian Vision and Values
At the heart of our seaside village community, our school celebrates and values the God-given skills and talents of each person, by providing a nurturing environment that promotes deep thinking and curious minds. We strive to raise the aspirations of all, by creating independent and resilient learners, who make an individual and collective difference to our local and global environments.
The story of ‘The Paralysed Man’ provides us with the basis of our school’s Christian values. The teaching of Jesus shows the whole school community how we can live out our school Bible verse, our vision and our values in all that we do each day in our work and our play.
Our Christian Values are:
- We demonstrate forgiveness to each other, following the examples of Jesus.
- We have hope and aspirations for ourselves and others to develop into valuable individuals, making positive contributions to our local and global communities.
- We pride ourselves in showing interdependence, working together to ensure well-being and harmony in our school community.
- We trust one another, creating relationships built on honesty and reliability.
- We show humility by being listened to and taking help from others. We are empathetic and sympathetic to the experiences of others.
We follow Canterbury Diocese Fresh Approach to collective worship plans. It is a new 4-year overview for Collective Worship planning that can be adopted and tweaked by schools. It follows the Church calendar and provides topics for each term that go chronologically through the Bible. At the moment, we are undertaking Collective Worship within our classrooms and our whole school celebration assemblies are over Zoom. Normally, we would gather in the school hall and worship together as a whole school or in key stages.
Our Spirituality Team
Every year, children in Years 5 and 6 are invited to join the Spirituality Team, led by Mrs Forsyth. The team meet regularly to plan Prayer Days at St John’s Church in Kingsdown and Collective Worship to lead.
They have many roles including leading children in the gathering, prayer and sending in Collective Worship. They take an active part in many Collective Worship sessions run by staff members and visitors as well as lead the Celebration Worship on Fridays. They also monitor the environment around the school and check that our reflection areas are up to their high standards. They then make sure that their suggestions to develop Collective Worship are put in place. The children are also excellent role models at playtime and lunchtime, showing children how to follow the school’s Christian Vision and Values.
As a Church School, we aim to work extremely closely with our parish of St John the Evangelist and the clergy, who are involved in our worship and governance and are a resource for religious education and pastoral care.
The Reverend Carolyn is the team vicar in charge at St John’s Church. She joins us in school to lead worship each term, and she is also one of our school governors. We also work alongside other members of the church to support worship, take part in the Church services and support each other with Christmas fayres.
Our classes at Kingsdown & Ringwould CEP school visit St John’s Church as part of our special prayer days, such as Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Leaver’s Service, and during our RE teaching about Christianity.
Reverend Carolyn Wood is always happy to chat with any child, member of staff or parent should they find that helpful, offering spiritual, emotional or pastoral support. The church website is here: https://www.cornilochurches.org.uk/kingsdownstjohntheevangelist.htm
SIAMS Inspection: The SIAMS process has been devised by the National Society to standardise inspection practices and judgements in all Church of England and Methodist Schools and to meet the requirements of Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.
SIAMS/S48 judges the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Church of England school and aims to help schools improve as church schools.
The new SIAMS Evaluation Schedule came into operation in September 2018.
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 and adults to flourish.
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
Kingsdown & Ringwould CEP School had its last SIAMS inspection in June 2016. We received an overall grading of OUTSTANDING. This was in the old schedule. We have been given clear, small steps to continue to achieve, celebrate and succeed everything that we can as a community.