Sarum St Paul's CofE (VA) Primary School
‘Loving to learn as we build friendship and faith’
We believe every child is wonderfully and uniquely made in the image of God to thrive and grow.
We provide a vibrant, creative curriculum that promotes an enthusiasm and love for learning.
We create an inclusive, nurturing and hope filled environment, built upon our Christian values of love, truthfulness, forgiveness and perseverance, which encourages kindness, respect and friendship.
"I have come in order that you might have life — life in all its fullness" (John 10v10)
In September 2021, staff and governors reviewed our school vision, values and ethos. As a result of the pandemic, we felt it appropriate to add the word ‘hope’ into our ethos statement, symbolising the difficulties our community has faced but how we have stayed united and optimistic about the future and supported one another through some difficult times.
What does it mean to be a Church of England, Voluntary Aided Primary School?
Our School is designated with a religious character, our School’s religious authority is the Diocese of Salisbury. Recognising our historic foundation, we will preserve and develop the school's religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the churches at parish and diocesan level.
From the earliest days, the purpose of Church schools was to enable children to flourish by providing a basic education and by developing their moral character. It was always intended that Church schools should be open to all of the children of the parish. Our School aims to support children and their families by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.
Church of England schools are not ‘faith schools’ in the sense of presuming that children are practicing Christians or attempting to make converts of them. However, the ethos of the schools is based on distinctively Christian values and they will offer children an experience of faith through collective worship and links with the parish church. Religious Education in Church schools will always include teaching about other faiths.
Church of England schools have Christian beliefs and values at their heart. This means that every child and adult associated with the school is not just important because they are members of the school but also because they are seen as unique individuals within God’s creation.
For more information, please visit: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/education-and-schools and https://www.salisbury.anglican.org/schools and https://www.religiouseducationcouncil.org.uk/
The key characteristics of a Voluntary Aided Primary School are:
- The Church or Foundation governors are an absolute majority.
- Governors appoint and employ all staff.
- Governors are responsible for admissions arrangements, approved by the 'religious authority' as defined in the Admissions Code.
- The LA and the DDE have similar rights to attend governors meetings and to advise
- Governors determine the RE syllabus which should reflect the Anglican tradition and worship reflects the Anglican tradition.
Church schools recognise that as well as academic and emotional intelligence human beings also have spiritual intelligence. The spiritual aspects of life will be recognised, and nurtured alongside the academic and emotional needs of all.
Our School’s Spirituality Statement
Sarum St Paul’s Church of England School is committed to being a community which promotes spiritual development. Spirituality looks outwards to reflect on the natural world, the environment and human capacities and achievement. It looks inwards to reflect on beliefs, values, feelings, hopes, dreams, ideals and aspirations. This reflection shapes the way we think, and feel about creation, ourselves, and other people, and how we respond.
The promise by Jesus of ‘life in all its fullness’ lies at the heart of Christian Spirituality and results in human flourishing. Christian Spirituality reflects the teachings of the Bible and involves the whole life of a person responding to God’s love. As a Church school, we are committed to giving pupils opportunities to explore and reflect on religious faith and particularly the Christian faith.
Our Christian values of truthfulness, forgiveness, love and perseverance will deepen as we develop our spirituality within the life of the school.
Sarum St Paul’s Church of England School is committed to creating a hospitable, nurturing community where life can be lived amicably together without fear, and where all are able to learn and achieve. We are committed to valuing and upholding the dignity of all pupils, staff, parents and carers, irrespective of religious faith, ethnicity, gender identity, individual needs, age, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.