Our Christian Distinctiveness and SIAMS
As a Church of England school, we place God at the heart of everything we do and this is made evident throughout the school. Each classroom contains a reflection area which shows the current Christian value being taught, corresponding Bible verse as well as a cross, bible and examples of children’s current work which supports the value for the term. The first day of every term starts with a ‘Values Day’, where we explore the value through stories, art, drama and music following our Values plan. Both our halls are also used as a ‘Church’ during our collective worship times and contain displays showing our values, vision, school prayer and The Lord’s Prayer. Indeed, our school is used as a place of worship by the congregation of Newquay Methodists every Sunday.
Prayer is encouraged and there is opportunity for this through the school prayer box and our daily collective worship. We follow the liturgical seasons and colours and have very close links with St Michael's Church in Newquay, where we have regular services. The children are encouraged to think spiritually and are given opportunities to consider their own personal beliefs and values through our Blossom curriculum with special attention to this in RE and PSHE lessons.
The Bishops' is a Voluntary Aided Church of England school, one of 44 Church schools in the Diocese. We work closely with the Diocesan Education Team and other church schools and currently chair the Ethos Committee of Kernow Learning Multi Academy Trust to provide the ‘salt and leaven’ throughout our partner 19 primary schools in Cornwall.
We walk to St Michael's Church for Harvest, Christmas, annual Eucharist and Leavers' services. The Reverend Canon Jem Thorold from St Michael's Church is our chaplain and Revd Lee Chantler is our curate. They can be contacted through school about admissions, baptism, confirmation or pastoral support. Revd Lee spends every Wednesday in school supporting us through worship, bible expertise and pastoral work with small groups of children.
Our Christian ethos is about what we do and why we do it. Our ambition for the school is focused on the development of the whole child as well as achieving high academic standards. The Christian character and values of the school have a significant impact on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all our community, not just our children.
As part of their studies, pupils investigate what is special about our town and our country and also explore what it means to be part of a multi-cultural modern British society. We teach the British values of equality, diversity, democracy and respect for all throughout our curriculum, alongside Christian values such as perseverance, compassion, respect, forgiveness, trust and courage. Christian values are made explicit and are deeply embedded in the daily life of the school.
Worship is central to the life of the school and it takes place in a range of forms and settings. We work closely with St. Michael’s church to enable our children to experience traditional Anglican worship but also explore fresh expressions of worship, allowing pupils to be creative.
Mr Richards, the Headteacher, leads the Kernow Learning Ethos Committee. The role of the Ethos Committee is to monitor, evaluate and further develop the effectiveness of the three CE primary schools within Kernow Learning using the current SIAMS Framework and in accordance with the Trust’s polices and schemes of delegation. As well as this, Mr Richards is part of the Trust Safeguarding Audit Team and is seconded to Wendron Church of England School to support church school leadership for Truro Diocese once a week.