Our school vision - “strive, believe, succeed” – was developed a few years ago to capture who we are as a school and how we wish for our children to live and go forward in the world. We strongly believe that this vision is still very much at the heart of our school but we are developing this further.
Recently, the staff worked together to deepen this vision. We felt that family played a big part in our vision – as a school we pride ourselves on the feeling of togetherness that we have and parents and visitors often comment on this when they walk around our school. We also thought about what we meant by strive, believe and succeed – how did we want our children to live?
With this in mind we have developed a new school vision -
But what does this mean for our children?
Strive – things are not always easy, and the road is not always smooth but we want our children to strive, to persevere, for faith, love and peace in the world in which they live.
Believe – we develop in our children the values of God – for example, trust, friendship, respect, compassion, courage. We encourage them to believe in these values and to live them out in their own lives.
Succeed – success is to be celebrated, and we want our children to do this with grace, to be proud of their own success and also to be proud of the success of others.
We shared our new vision with the children using the idea that we are all part of a school family tree and every time we strive “for faith, love and peace”, believe in the values of God or succeed with grace we add a leaf to help our school family tree to flourish. Each class has a branch that they add a leaf to each time one of these is seen. Our trees are starting to flourish!
We have also shared our vision with parents and governors and will continue to work together to embed our new vision throughout our school community.
“Our new vision is a really good way of us working together and
knowing about who we are and what our school is about.” (Harry – Year 6)
Our local church is All Saints, Sutton Benger, part of the Draycot Benefice within the Diocese of Bristol.
All Saints Church dates from the 12th century, but the present building is 14th century. Its outlook on the High Street makes it a natural focus for the village. Recent internal modifications have created a meeting room plus kitchen facilities, all of which are freely available for village groups to use. Does the school use them?
The local ministry team, headed by Rev Alison Love, has long term and deep connections with our school. The congregation regularly pray for our school, and support us with their time, skills and generosity. Team members regularly lead collective worship, support the RE curriculum and help us explore spiritual development and develop our Christian distinctiveness as a church school.
The children and staff from Sutton Benger C of E (VA) Primary School are invited to church for special services 6 times a year. These are agreed and planned between the school and the PCC. We also visit the church to support our curriculum learning throughout the year and to take part in ‘Experiences’ run by the PCC. Lots of our children are part of the Benefice Choir and often share their singing in school. The church Holiday Club is also hosted by school.
“When we visit church we always have a chance to learn about God and reflect on things. We always learn something interesting.” (William – Year 5)
Services at All Saints’ Church are as follows. All services are at 10.30am:
1st Sunday: Café Church
2nd Sunday: Holy Communion
3rd Sunday: Holy Communion
4th Sunday: All Age Service
When there are five Sundays in the month, there is a United Benefice Service for all churches in the Draycot Benefice.
Further information can be found on the church website at:
Please also see the Bristol Diocese website:
“When we learn about different values, it means that we can think about how we live our lives and
what we can do to be better people.” (Faith – Year 4)
The Christian Values that we feel are at the heart of our school are:
Each half term, we focus on one of these values in depth and investigate its meaning to Christians, people of other faiths and to ourselves. As a church school we embed our Christian values into everyday learning and foster a respect for other people and their beliefs. We live these values out in our lives in school and when we go out into the world.
Our Worship Team have an important role to play in school. The members are elected by their classmates and currently Joey, Benjy, Amelia, Harriet, Faith, William and Harry.
Because we are a Church of England school, their role is to help our school evaluate collective worship, and to explore ways in which we can develop the distinctively Christian character of Sutton Benger. We enjoy working together to make a difference - hearing and discussing new ideas, having a say and input into changes to help the whole school community understand and enjoy worshipping God. The Worship Team have opportunities to plan & lead collective worship and help in school services at church and with Experiences. They listen to the ideas of their class to feed into their discussions.
This year we are:
Achievements so far:
Our Worship Team meets each year with others from our village cluster schools to share ideas and celebrate our hard work. This good practice features on the Bristol diocese website.
“Collective Worship is really important to us because it helps us to think about our values and how this can help us in our lives.” (Edward – Year 3)
Collective Worship is an important part of our school day – it is a time where we can gather as one family to reflect on our values and learn about God’s messages to us. Our collective worship reflects the liturgy of the Church of England – we gather, engage with the theme, respond in song and prayer, and are sent out to make a difference. Our worship includes hymns and songs, silence and stillness, images and symbols, actions and the response of our hearts and minds.
Our School Collective Worship Timetable
Whole School Collective Worship
The theme of the week is introduced
Executive Head / School Head
Twice a term, this is led by members of the Draycot Benefice Ministry Team or other local church leaders
Key Stage Collective Worship
In this worship each Key Stage looks carefully at an appropriate level at the value and its weekly focus
Songs linked to our value
Whole School Collective Worship
Executive Head / School Head
Our worship team help to lead and support worship in our school – from lighting our Trinity candles, to telling stories and leading prayer. Prayer is an important part of our worship and each term a different class create prayers reflecting on our value that are then used in worship. Children from all classes are regularly asked to evaluate worship and think about what they have learnt from it. Along with our governor evaluations, these help to guide and improve our worship, improving the impact it has on our children and staff.
This year our Christian Values for Collective Worship are:
Our School Prayer:
This is our school
Let peace dwell here
Let the rooms be full of contentment
Let love abide here
Love of one another
Love of mankind, love of life itself and love of God
Let us remember that as many hands build a house
So many hearts make a school.
Our latest RE policy:
As a school we support and live out the Church of England’s vision for education as well as our school’s individual Christian vision: “Together, as one family, we ‘Strive for faith, love and peace’ (2 Timothy 2:22), believe in the values of God and succeed with grace.”
We believe that RE will help educate for ‘dignity’ and ‘respect’ through developing our understanding of Christianity and other world faiths. Through our RE curriculum we prepare our children for their future responsibilities and experiences of life in modern Britain where we hope they will continue to live out our vision. Through our understanding and tolerance of the beliefs of others we believe that we will live out our vision, always striving for ‘love and peace’.
Christian Values are an important focus in the life of our school. Through the study of Christianity and other world religions children can see contexts for these values and learn about how others have chosen to follow them. Through the recent introduction of the programme, ‘Understanding Christianity’, we aspire to engage our learners in an academic and theologically based curriculum, living out the Church of England’s vision for education in terms of deep ‘knowledge’.
Religious Education (RE) in Sutton Benger School is regarded as a central and important part of pupils’ learning. The RE in the school explores how individuals and communities make meaning and sense of their lives through the great religions of the world.
RE is taught using the Discovery RE materials and the ‘Understanding Christianity’ programme. The approach is an enquiry-based one, which aims to:
- enable children’s critical thinking skills to be developed,
- increase children’s motivation to learn
- enhance knowledge and understanding of, and empathy with people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise.
Each year, there is a strong focus on Christianity, covering the Christian Concepts e.g. Creation, Gospel, Incarnation and Salvation.
In addition, the following religions are explored in each year group:
Foundation Stage - Stories, special people and places related to the Hindu, Jewish, Sikh and Islamic religions.
Year 1 - Judaism
Year 2 - Islam
Year 3 - Hinduism
Year 4 - Buddhism
Year 5 - Sikhism
Year 6 - Islam
Please find below a link to our most recent SIAMS report which found that:
“At Sutton Benger, a community has been created where Christian values are not only expressed, but are ‘lived out’ and are at the heart of the school.”
“The warm, caring Christian ethos is evident in the excellent relationships enjoyed at all levels throughout the school community.”
“The strong Christian ethos, collective worship and religious education (RE) are particularly effective in supporting the spiritual and moral and cultural development of all children.”
“There are many excellent opportunities provided for children’s spiritual development, especially through quiet reflection.”
“Collective worship is explicitly Christian and central to daily life at Sutton Benger. This is because it is highly effective in promoting the school's Christian values.”
“Religious education has a high profile at Sutton Benger. As a result, it has a positive effect on children and they enjoy RE lessons.”
Following our last report in July 2014, we were asked to develop how we involve children more frequently in planning, leading and evaluating worship. As a result, we have worked closely with our Worship Teams to develop planning and leading church services as well as worship within school, and effectively evaluating different worship to show its impact and how we can improve it. This is monitored by governors and the Collective Worship Leader, who feed back to all staff at regular times throughout the year.
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