Preshute Primary School is a Church of England school. We work hard to maintain our Christian heritage and values so that they permeate every aspect of the life of the school.
We are proud of the very strong links we have with St George’s Church, Preshute, which is led by the Rev Miri Keen and her team, and the Diocese of Salisbury.
Working together, we enable pupils to develop spiritually, morally and intellectually according to the beliefs of the Christian faith.
In June 2016 the National Society’s Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools rated our school as “outstanding”.
A daily act of collective worship is led by staff, children or visitors to the school. Our worship is mainly of a broadly Christian character in accordance with the Education Reform Act 1988.
Every ‘short’ term (half term) the school introduces a new “Value” as a focus both for collective worship and as part of classroom teaching. Our Value for the first term of the 2017-18 school year was Courage; this term the children are focussing on Creativity.
The children consider these Values from a spiritual, moral and intellectual perspective, and pupils who have displayed characteristics of the relevant Value at school are celebrated in a special assembly every few weeks.
The Values also form a basis for “Open the Box” – a fortnightly collective worship assembly, which is thoroughly enjoyed by the children for its interactive format.
“Open the Book” is another regular feature of our collective worship at school. It is led by members of the local church community, who again use the Value of the term as the basis for their service. Most recently staff and church community members held an “Open the Book” assembly looking at Creativity through the story of Creation and Adam and Eve.
As well as welcoming the Church to our school, we ensure that the children have the opportunity to take part in collective worship at St George’s Church, including Harvest Festival, Christmas and Easter services.
We also hold the Buddy Service at St George’s at the beginning of each school year when the Year 6 pupils welcome their new Reception ‘buddies’ and their families to the Preshute Primary School community.
Our annual Thanksgiving Service is held at the church in July, when we reflect upon the past academic year and wish our Year 6 school leavers every success as they prepare to embark upon the next stage of their education.
Parents and carers are always welcome at these services.
We encourage our pupils to take an active part in our collective worship. This includes the “Open the Box” assemblies and also class-led assemblies.
On 10 November, our Year 5 pupils led the school with a special Remembrance assembly with poems, prayers and songs that they had written, reflecting upon those soldiers who had fought and died in battle.
Three times a year the staff and pupils work alongside Rev Miri Keen and her team to focus on a theme of collective worship.
The children are encouraged to present their ideas as to what form the leaning will take, and it is an opportunity to work outside the “usual” curriculum. This culminates in class-led group activities at St George’s church.
Our most recent Journey Day was for Harvest Festival. Our Year 3 pupils considered how Jesus, in keeping us safe, was like a scarecrow protecting tiny, precious, helpless seeds from greedy crows. Year 6 considered the meaning of Ecclesiastes 3 Verses 1-8 “For everything there is a season….,” the importance of actions and their timings, and then prepared and presented their own versions of these verses.
Religious Education is an important component of our children’s work. The pupil’s learning and understanding of Christianity extends beyond times of collective worship and forms part of classroom teaching where children have the opportunity to explore and consider Christian concepts in further depth, such as the Lord's Prayer.
Programmes of work will also frequently refer to other religions, particularly when considering the lives of people from other cultures.
Moral and social education is an inherent part of daily school life and is underpinned by the school’s “Core Values” and “Golden Rules” which form part of the school’s Behaviour Policy.
Recently the pupils thought about the different types of bullying and its effects, and then drafted their own anti-bullying advice, posters and policies.
We endeavour to find an opportunity for regular “reflection time” where the children can focus on the choices they have made, what they are proud of and what they want to improve upon. Such reflection time may include using music, objects and or solar candles.
We encourage our children through Collective Worship and classroom teaching to be kind and think of others as Jesus did.
Harvest festival donations, Remembrance Day poppies, Children in Need – our pupils support them all. The school also celebrates the efforts of individual children to raise money to help others. Some children have been involved in organising cake sales for such charities as Julia’s House children’s hospice and the Twin a Toilet project; others have been involved in fun runs and others in music marathons.
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
Food for thought:
Ecclesiastes 9:10-11 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might….”
(Today is the day for you to use the creativity God has given you – take that opportunity!)
Preshute Church of England Primary School
High Street, Manton, Wiltshire.
SN8 4HH. 01672 512 754