Life in all its Fullness: John 10:10
At South Bersted Church of England Primary School, our Christian Ethos underpins all aspects of our school life and community. As part of the school’s vision, ‘we are committed to enriching pupils’ moral and spiritual development inspiring all to become caring, responsible 21st century global citizens.’
The School’s Values:
The school’s values, which were selected by the school community, are distinctly Christian and drive the school’s vision. A value is defined as ‘a principle that guides our thinking and behaviour,’ therefore at South Bersted, we want to know the impact that our daily Collective Worships and values have on our pupils. At the end of each half term, pupils are encouraged to use the ‘head, heart and feet’ approach to reflect on the impact of the value.
Below you can view the pupil evaluations for Creation, Koinonia and Justice.
The school’s vision is promoted through collective worships with links to the school’s values, the teachings of Jesus and the Bible, and P4C. Collective Worships are led by staff, clergy, pupils and various visitors whose Christian backgrounds and life experiences link to the school’s vision and values.
Promoting Pupils’ Spirituality:
In developing pupils’ spirituality, our curriculum is focused around BIG questions with the key aim of providing pupils with the opportunity to respond to their learning and display what they have learnt. Through our use of big questions, our Philosophy for Children (P4C) approach, our clear links to the Christian Aid Global Citizenship Calendar, we aim to raise pupils’ awareness of national and global issues encouraging them to become advocates for positive change. Where appropriate, teachers plan opportunities for pupils to develop their courageous advocacy where pupils have the opportunity to look beyond themselves and develop an understanding of disadvantage, deprivation and the exploitation of the natural world.
Through our strong links with our local church, St Mary Magdalene, and the Christian Aid Calendar we provide our pupils with the opportunity to lead, attend and participate in a range of worships.
Easter and the flowering of the cross
Year 6 Leavers’ Service
At South Bersted, we believe in providing pupils the opportunity to ask their own questions, write their own prayers or have moments of reflections and quiet through both our indoor and outdoor prayer spaces. Through our school values, we also provide pupils with the opportunity to engage in activities linked to our half termly values. In addition to this, we also organise whole school prayer spaces in conjunction with the local church.
Linked to our whole school values, South Bersted’s School Council have written a whole school prayer. This prayer is often read by staff and pupils’ during our Friday Collective Worship.
The 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 the 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