Barnham CEVC Primary: A Church of England School
What is a church school?
What does it mean to be a Church of England school? This is one of the things we have been thinking about over the last few months as we explore the new SIAMS guidelines (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools).
As a Church of England school, we are tasked with delivering a Christian vision of education – not with delivering a Christian education.
A Christian Vision of Education
The Christian vision of education has, at its heart, Jesus’ promise of ‘life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10). So we seek to educate our children for fullness of life, to work to fulfill their God-given potential, whether they or their family identify with a faith or not, and with special consideration given to those who are disadvantaged.
Each child is to be understood as respectfully and deeply as possible: to be believed in and to be cherished. As the Archbishop of Canterbury said: ‘A Christian school is one in which the entire atmosphere is pervaded by a conviction that there is… something potentially wonderful in everybody’.
Our task as a Church of England school is to deliver an education that seeks human flourishing, so we set academic rigour within a wider framework.
Our School Vision
Our vision for all in our school is to Inspire, Cherish and Believe in each person that they might flourish and fulfill their potential.
Inspire Cherish Believe
We live this out in school like this verse from the Gospel of John 15:5:
Jesus said ‘I am the vine; you are the branches.
If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit’
Jesus is the trunk, the heart of our school, with the deepest roots imaginable. Even in a drought, the leaves of the vine are green and the branches grow vigorously, adventurously and eager for life – just like we do!
The vines join together to provide shade and shelter to those who need it. We are all connected and share a belongingness to each other.
Together we produce the most amazing fruits, whether it’s the work in our classrooms or our time in the fields or in our own person.
We are growing the future here in our Farm School, in the beautiful Suffolk countryside - inspiring, cherishing and believing in all of us.
Our vine represents our school family:
We seek to…
Inspire everyone with a lifelong love of learning and a yearning to fulfill their potential, by
Cherish everyone as one who is precious to God, a part of His loving family here in school
Believe in everyone, encouraging them in their own strengths and talents, by
Our Christian ethos and values
Our ethos is strongly influenced by our Christian vision and values and we place these at the heart of everything that we do. We share Bible stories through visits from the local Open the Book team and our RE lessons. We engage fully with the seasons of the church year, going regularly to St Gregory’s church in Barnham. Our daily act of collective worship acts as a heartbeat within the school. It provides opportunities for the entire school family to reflect on God and how He wants us to live today, so that we might be a blessing upon those who share our lives, our communities, our nation and the world.
How you can help: choosing our values
There are many Christian values, each with its own layers of meaning. We are in the process of choosing six values which we believe are at the core of how our school is and should be. The children have chosen which ones their class are going to champion, and will be setting up stalls to persuade people to vote for them. Every child, member of staff, governors and PARENTS will be invited to vote for six values. Please do come along on Friday 12th July from 2.30pm to find out more about the values and cast your votes!