Christian Ethos at Woodford Church of England Primary School
At Woodford Church of England Primary School and Nursery, we believe that spiritual development is not necessarily religious but is deeply embedded through the love of learning and the ethos of the school. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is part of the National Curriculum expectations. We consider that spiritual development is not just about helping children to develop academically but also personally so that they become well rounded and ready to take their place in society fulfilled, happy, spiritually aware and socially and emotionally engaged.
We believe that spirituality is essential for personal happiness. No child is complete without spiritual engagement, be it through art, music, literature, nature. One of the ways spirituality can be expressed is through the awareness or understanding of the value of silence and reflection. We therefore actively provide opportunities for our children to reflect and give them time to think more deeply about things to fully appreciate the world around them and to consider the contribution they can make to it. Every Friday afternoon, the children have a Social and Well being session where they have opportunities to engage in a range of activities to promote reflection and spirituality.
We aim to develop spirituality by being creative and engaging, by enabling our pupils to connect with stories, by empowering our children to ask and respond to questions, by promoting play and creativity and by developing relationships, by providing a sense of belonging in our school community. Our school is set in beautiful surroundings which help our children to appreciate the world around them from the very beginning of their school journey.
Ethos and Values
We aim to foster an environment of success where children can ‘shine among them like stars in the sky’. All children are offered opportunities to celebrate success, raise aspirations and develop their own character. We aim to build courageous, kind and thoughtful citizens of the future.
‘Shine among them like stars in the sky’ Philippians 2:15
As a voluntary aided Church of England School the principles of the Christian way of life are implicit in all we do. Our Christian vision and values underpin our ethos, everyone is valued and encouraged to achieve their full potential. Every member of our school community is encouraged to respect and value each other.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13