Values and Ethos at St Anne's

 

What  does being a Church School mean? Well firstly it is about the way the  school is structured. We are a ‘Voluntary Aided’ school, which means the  Church of England owns the land and buildings and in addition the  governing body, which includes Godmanchester’s vicar and six other  church appointments, is responsible for employing the staff and running  the school. However we are still largely funded via the public  purse, with money allocated to us via the local authority and we must  follow the national curriculum. 

For  us, being a church school is more than the organisational structure.   We are a place where Christian values are brought to life and lived.  Our aim is for each member of the school community to be known as an  individual and cared for as an individual. 

We are a happy, caring  school and we use this atmosphere to ensure every child to achieves as  highly as possible in a great variety of different ways. We know our  children are on a journey of discovery and we aim to make sure that it  is an outstanding journey of discovery.

That means we are  passionate about providing each child with an outstanding education but  also that we develop all aspects of each child; the spiritual, the  emotional, the physical and social. 

We have interpreted the  national curriculum to deliver a creative education to our children. We  encourage pupils to discover for themselves the answers rather than  simply learn them from us. Of course some things must be learned off by  heart, such as times-tables, but even in maths it is crucial that  children have the opportunity to make discoveries because that is the  way we believe real learning occurs.

From the earliest days of  your child’s life at St Anne’s we will be encouraging them to think  about their wider social responsibility. We want St Anne’s children to  leave us in Year Six as confident, caring pupils. 


Christian Ethos within St Anne's

Collective Worship

 

Our statutory daily act of collective worship is intended to give children a time for reflection. It is Christian in character, embracing wide issues with emphasis on:

  • Forming good attitudes towards others
  • Fostering healthy self-esteem, honesty and reliability
  • Using initiative
  • Emphasising self discipline and tolerance

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and Collective Worship. Requests to do so must be made in writing to the Headteacher. However, withdrawal cannot guarantee exclusion from the religious character of the school and the Governors hope that in choosing a church school, parents are thereby committing themselves to their child’s participation in the religious life of the school.

The church school ethos is embedded in all aspects of school life and has a positive and significant impact on relationships, behaviour and attitudes for both pupils and staff. - SIAMs Inspection Report May 2017

 Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and Collective Worship. Requests to do so must be made in writing to the Headteacher. However, withdrawal cannot guarantee exclusion from the religious character of the school and the Governors hope that in choosing a church school, parents are thereby committing themselves to their child’s participation in the religious life of the school. 

Links to St Mary's Church, Godmanchester.

 St Anne’s has strong links with the parish church of St Mary the Virgin and other local churches. Clergy and other visitors regularly lead our worship and services in school and the whole school attends services at the parish church to celebrate major Christian festivals. Pupils are actively involved in preparing and leading collective worship and parents and friends of the school are invited to attend  throughout the year as well as special services such as whole school Eucharists.