Being a Church School
What is a Church School?
The former Archbishop of Canterbury explains:
“A Christian school is one in which the atmosphere has that kind of openness about it, that sense that people are worth spending time with, that people need time to grow, need loving attention. The Christian Gospel says that every person has a unique task to do, with God, and for God, whether they know it or not. It doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone involved has to share the same theology or philosophy. It doesn’t mean that everyone knows that they have this relationship with God, and is consciously working at it. But a Christian school is one in which the entire atmosphere is pervaded by a conviction that there is something mysterious, and potentially wonderful, in everybody.”
Christ Church CE Primary & Nursery Academy is situated within the parish of Christ Church & St Mary Magdalen and St Peter and St Paul, St Leonards on Sea.
We joined DCAT in 2017 and, together, we continue to be distinguished by our desire to encourage quality education through our Christian ethos and vision.
The Church school SIAMS inspection awarded the school ‘outstanding ‘in November 2015. Our commitment to Christian education, Collective Worship and Gospel Values was recognised.
The church and school community regard themselves as interlinked and supportive of each other, with some of the local church members being part of the Governing Body. Several staff members attend weekly, some singing in the church choir. Some of our pupils serve and others attend PALS Sunday school.
The church clergy visit our school on a weekly basis to share Collective Worship with both pupils and staff. Children regularly visit the church for the annual Harvest Festival, Carol Service and Easter Service. These activities strengthen our Christian ethos and the church provides a very welcoming atmosphere.
A Christian Ethos – A Nurturing Community – A Place to Thrive and Flourish.
What does a Christin Ethos mean?
Christ Church CE Primary & Nursery Academy is a Church of England school, which welcomes all children whatever their family’s beliefs. We aim to provide a good moral foundation for every child based on the Christian teachings of the Bible. For example, the children will find out about the Ten Commandments. These are summarised by Jesus;
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength and Love your neighbour as yourself.” Mark 12 v 30.
Please explore below what being a Church School means at Christ Church.