As a Church School we have a Christian ethos and strong links with St Peters Parish Church, Oundle. Being a Church of England School is very important to us. We serve our community regardless of their faith, culture or belief. We follow the vision of the Church of England and deliver education that shows ‘life in all its fullness’.
We regularly attend Church for key Christian festivals and to celebrate the end of the school year. Our Foundation Stage to Year 3 pupils perform the Nativity each Christmas whilst our Year 4, 5 and 6 children present a carol concert. We contribute to the Christingle each advent and involve ourselves with other community groups linked with the Church.
Our community and sense of belonging is very strong and our families join us when they can.
Reverend Cannon Stephen Webster and his team lead our services and comes into school regularly to lead our Collective Worship.
There are lots of other events at St Peters Parish church which we would encourage our children/families to become involved with.
Our school collective worship explores different values and themes throughout the school year and we sing songs with lyrics that make us think about our values, our world or God.
Our Collective Worship is in three parts: Learn, Reflect and Respond. We learn about something, reflect how this knowledge informs us in our lives and then respond to it further in our classes. An activity is set to develop their thoughts and understanding of this learning idea.
Other assemblies are taken by teachers and visitors from the local community discussing values or teaching/sharing with the children about an aspect of life to open up their world and experience.
We teach Religious Education using the ‘Diocese of Peterborough Syllabus for Religious Education’ alongside ‘Understanding Christianity’. Our school ensures that the correct coverage and time is given to the teaching and learning of RE across the school. However, RE does not just happen in RE lessons. It permeates other areas of the curriculum, especially art, PSHE and Humanities.
Every pupil has an entitlement to Religious Education and is a necessary part of a broad and balanced curriculum. The intention of RE is ‘to enable pupils to hold balanced and informed conversations about religion and belief’. Parents do have a right to withdraw their child from RE lessons.