At Sutton Courtenay CE Primary school, we recognise and acknowledge that all children and adults are unique and we desire to see them achieve their best as part of our mission to strive for excellence.
As part of our drive towards community cohesion, we have developed an extremely strong and mutually beneficial partnership with the Parish church, its clergy and the community. Our pupils are eager to be involved in church activities, particularly the choir, and end of term services; leavers service resulting in an increased number of families now attending church services.
Our children are taught through an engaging, inclusive and an enjoyable Religious Education curriculum, which whilst covering other faiths gives weight to the Christian faith as held by the Church of England. The spirit and teaching of the Christian faith underpin all aspects of our school life. We are committed to encouraging and supporting individuals to reach their full potential in becoming life-long, independent learners.
At our school, collective worship occupies a place of extreme importance, thereby affirming and further strengthening the Christian values upon which our school’s entire life is built through distinctly Christian teachings, particularly those of Jesus Christ; celebration of significant Christian festivals and feast days with the Parish
As part of God’s command to love our neighbour; in order to encourage children’s awareness of the wider world, we have international links with Kabubu Church of Uganda Primary school. This develops their understanding of global Christianity, and encourages them to look for similarities in faith and worship across the world.
As a Church school we are regularly inspected through SIAMS; our last full inspection stated:
“Sutton Courtenay School has, at its heart, an exceptionally intense and vibrant ethos. This is based firmly on very strong and distinctly Christian values which are securely grounded in Biblical teaching, particularly that of Jesus Christ. The whole school community clearly lives its entire life by these values. The impact of this is evidenced most strongly in the excellent behaviour and attitudes of the children and in the love and care shown to all by the adults who are outstanding exemplars. Parents speak warmly of the school’s strong moral code saying ‘The children are taught how to respect and care for each other’. In particular they describe with obvious pleasure how the older children enjoy helping and caring for the younger ones. They also say that the Christian values are so much part of their children’s lives that they influence their attitudes at home and in the wider community.” SIAMS May 2015.
Pupils from school performed 'In Flanders' Fields' in the Remembrance Day Service at All Saints' Church with the support of Miss Robertson, the drama teacher from Didcot Girls' School
Collective Worship takes place daily. It is inclusive of all children, and although children are invited to reflect and pray, no child is required to do so and suggestions are made for children who just prefer to be respectfully silent. It is a joyful occasion involving song, stories, drama and active participation designed to support children's understanding of the school values.
Collective Worship Statement
We are very proud of our RE teaching, which engages children through key themes and encourages them to reflect on similarities between the world's wisdom traditions.
Religious Education Statement
Spiritual development runs through our curriculum. Children are encouraged to reflect with awe and wonder at the world around them as they engage in the environment in forest school and in the local area, watch things grow in our garden, care for each other through our values, and engage with the community. Time and space for reflection are built into the day's routines and the classroom environments.