St. Giles CE (A) Primary School

St. Giles Church of England (Aided) Primary School

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Christian Distinctiveness

St Giles CE Primary School is Voluntary Aided and sits within the Diocese of Derby, with close links to St Giles Church in Killamarsh, which practises in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. Although the majority of parents choose us because we are their local school, we are proudly Christian in character and base our ethos on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Gospel stories form the basis of most of our daily acts of Collective Worship, which follow the ‘Values for Life’ scheme.

These gatherings are of central importance in school life, and we share with our children the wonder of God’s world, and their place within it as children of God. Our values are strongly Christian and we are well supported by Foundation Governors, including Reverend Canon Helen Guest, who regularly leads Collective Worship. The children are regular visitors to our church, and we also run termly evening community events called ‘Envision’. These are very well attended by all stakeholders and offer an opportunity to come together, share food, be entertained, meet socially and share our Christian message and mission.

A Christian Distinctiveness Governing Sub-Committee supports leaders to monitor actions to strengthen provision as a Church of England school; we also have a Children’s Christian Council who represent pupils and are instrumental in organising Collective Worship and suggesting further improvements for us!

We operate two Christian-themed lunchtime clubs for children, supported by volunteers from local churches including St Giles, and have a newly established Spiritual Garden for children and staff to visit for moments of quiet reflection.

We follow the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for RE, and view this as a core subject; achievement in RE is monitored by our Standards Committee, and Governors and leaders ensure that high priority is given to RE through funding and CPD. Our curriculum is also supplemented and embraced by ‘What If’ learning, which weaves Christian values across all areas of learning.

The school last received an Anglican school inspection in January 2015, receiving a ‘good’ overall judgment (improving from a previous rating of ‘satisfactory’). Details can be found via the link below; we have also included our policies for Collective Worship and RE.

The final word must go to our children, and what Ofsted recently said about them during our Singing Worships which take place on Wednesdays:

“Provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is very well considered and illustrated in outstanding celebrations of their talents when singing together, as seen in very high quality practices where every child was caught up in the magic of modern hymn singing. The huge smiles of pure enjoyment were matched by carefully synchronising their actions and creating a great wall of beautiful sound.” Ofsted 2014

 

Come and pay us a visit – you are very welcome!

 

SIAS 2015

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RE Policy

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