'Learning to make the world a better place through faith, hope and love.' This is our school strapline. It underpins our core principles when guiding and shaping our pupils.
Staff work to ensure children have opportunities to reflect on all aspects of their learning and relationships in school and beyond, enabling them to celebrate what they have achieved every day, in order that develop self-belief and self-worth and because we believe they are a unique gift from God.
We believe that the school should provide a strong link between church and the community it serves. Our school provides the opportunity to be a valued part of a community that celebrates the Christian faith while being inclusive and respectful of all religions in our diverse community.
We aim to develop a sense of spirituality and wonder in all children. School life is distinctively Christian within a broader spirituality, which encompasses all beliefs respected in our community.
Religious Education is an integral part of our school. It is taught throughout the school from Nursery to Year 6.
As a Church of England School, we follow the Southwark Diocesan Scheme of Work. In addition, to learning about the beliefs, teachings, practices and lifestyles of Christianity, the children are taught about aspects of Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism throughout the school.
Religious Education at St John's has a high profile. The school uses a robust system of assessment. All RE assessments are carried out in line with other core subjects. The subject is monitored in line with other core subjects including learning walks, book looks, data drops, and pupil conferencing.
As well as exploring our values, Faith, Hope and Love in Collective Worship, St John's has a set of collective worship themes which change every half term.
We explore these themes through stories, from the bible and other sources, pictures and poems. There is always a chance for discussion and reflection. We often have specialist guest speakers that deliver some of our worships, such as Spinnaker Trust.
SIAMS inspection focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of the church school has on the children and young people who attend it.
The principal objective of SIAMs inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school.
Towards this objective, inspectors seek answers to four key questions:-
- How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
- What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
- How effective is the Religious Education? (in VA schools and academies)
- How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?
The National Society's Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) framework is used in all Section 48 inspections of Church of England Schools and in the denominational inspection of academies.
We are very lucky that our school sits next door to St John the Evangelist Church. The school and church have a relationship, which expands more than 170 years!
St John's Church is a Church of England Parish Church in the Anglican Diocese of Southwark.
Father Robert is the incumbent at St John's Church and he visits us regularly. We really enjoy his collective worships over in the church, every Tuesday - they are fun!
Father Robert is also a member of our Governing Body.