CHRISTIAN ETHOS AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Here at Austrey C of E school we are proud to be part of the Birmingham Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust. The Birmingham Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust (BDMAT) recognises that the future for schools lies in formal collaborations; schools working together, in partnership, to offer life in all its fullness for the young people who attend them. Church schools have a very distinctive purpose: Education is taught in an environment where there is a set of values and ways of behaving that stem from and express the Christian foundation of the school. Our schools are about providing an education within a Christian framework for children of the local community of any faith or none; Our Trust seeks to provide a place where church schools and non-church schools who support our philosophy can continue to provide high quality education, knowing that their distinctive ethos will be protected into the future. For more information about the BDMAT mission statement, vision and values please visit https://bdmatschools.com/about/our-vision-and-ethos/
"Spirituality is the opening of hearts and minds through reflection and questioning of the world which lifts the soul and makes the heart sing. For some, it will be experienced through faith and worship."
Our Christian Vision:
Becoming the person God made me to be: living, learning, loving.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made”
Created to be like God, we are all individual, different, and precious. As school families, we treat everyone with dignity, seeing each person as a vital stroke in the creation of the masterpiece which is our school community. We love and welcome everyone, supporting them in the ups and downs of life and giving them hope for a bright future in their lives and learning. Living like Jesus, we think and act with generous and forgiving hearts in the strategic and day to day life of the schools, so that everyone can flourish. Trusting in God and the teaching of the bible, we are building a culture of trust in which everyone can feel safe; confident that their spiritual, emotional and academic needs will be met and that their uniqueness will contribute to the unity and wholeness of and Austrey Church of England Primary School.
Our Values and Learning behaviours:
Our Christian Values:
Our Christian Values are:
community, hope, dignity, generosity, forgiveness and trust
The teaching of British Values also runs throughout our curriculum. These are Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Resilience, independence, reflection, resourcefulness and teamwork
For our full curriculum Intent please click here
We very much subscribe to the Church of England's vision for education in that our school should be:
Educating for wisdom, knowledge and skills: enabling discipline, confidence and delight in seeking wisdom and knowledge, and developing talents in all areas of life.
Educating for hope and aspiration: Enabling healing, repair and renewal, coping wisely when things go wrong, opening horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them.
Educating for community and living well together: a core focus on relationships, participation in communities and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.
Educating for dignity and respect: the basic principle of respect for the value and preciousness of each person, treating each person as a unique individual of inherent worth.
We have extremely close links with our local church St Nicholas and with our local parish the All Souls Parish. They regularly come into to deliver collective worship within our school and they also use the school when Soul Cafe is in residency. Please feel free to find out more about All Souls by going to their website at www.allsoulsnorthwarwickshire.co.uk.
We follow the Understanding Christianity Programme to deliver Religious Education within our school, alongside our Local Authority agreed syllabus to give an understanding of other world faiths . This programme allows pupils:
To leave school with a coherent understanding of Christian belief and practice. Pupils from 4-14 explore the significant theological concepts within Christianity as part of developing their wider religious, theological and cultural literacy.
The key purpose of this project is to help all teachers support pupils in developing their own thinking and their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it.
Collective Worship Plan Spring 1 2021
Valuing All God's Children
Church of England Statement of Entitlement