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Values and Ethos

Copthorne CE Junior School ‘School Vision’

Copthorne C of E Junior School, a special place where learning is fun, purposeful and challenging.  Our curriculum inspires creativity and a curiosity for the world around us.

 

High standards encourage our children to aspire to excellence.  Our children are motivated to take responsibility for their own learning; both collaboratively and independently and they take pride in their work and achievements.

 

We have created a warm and supportive environment which enables every child to feel happy, safe, valued and accepting of diversity. Our Christian ethos enriches our children whilst encouraging them to make sensible choices and to be respectful of others.  Children are nurtured to become confident individuals ready to embrace their future. 

 

We were delighted to hear from some of our parents recently who said :

"A Christian input in education is important to us.  We believe in encouraging Christian values in caring for each other and in the emphasis put in the teaching at the school.  We enjoy the close links to the church and with the regular visits there by the school as well as assemblies led by the village vicar. 

 

We are very pleased to see an increase in Christian practices within the school and pray it will have an effect on all children and within their families."

 

Copthorne CE Junior School Collective Worship                                         

1. Foundation of the school and the Place of worship

Copthorne Elementary School’ began its life in 1842 and initially was run by the National Society for Promoting Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church, under the auspices of the parish of St Nicholas’, Worth. Copthorne CE (Church of England) Junior School, as it now is, is a C of E Voluntary Controlled school, and part of the parish of St John’s Copthorne.

The daily life of our school promotes a Christian ethos, encouraging respect towards people, animals and the environment and the ability to relate to others with care and sensitivity.

 

2. Aims for Collective Worship

We aim to achieve high quality education supported by strong Christian principles, within a village community. We aim:

  • to contribute to pupils’ spiritual development
  • to introduce pupils to the worship of the Church of England
  • to gain in knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith
  • to explore and share the beliefs of others
  • to contribute to pupils' moral development
  • to contribute to the general development of pupils
  • to celebrate and take note of the life of the school in the presence of God
  • to look out to the wider world (see the expanded aims appended below*)
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3. Expectations of pupils

Children will take part in a range of worship activities - singing, praying, reading, hearing, acting… - that allow them to experience God in a stimulating, active and enjoyable way.

 

4. Organisation and delivery

As a Church school we are proud of our links with our local parish church. We aim to have a full school Collective Worship service in church each half-term.

Assemblies are planned for 15-20 min each day; all assemblies make time for collective worship. The pattern is as follows:
Monday - Whole School assembly led by Headteacher
Tuesday - Whole School assembly led by the Vicar
Wednesday - Whole School assembly with rota staff, led by rota staff
Thursday - Whole School assembly with rota staff led by rota staff
Friday - Celebration  Assembly, which is led by the Headteacher which recognises both individual and collective achievements

 

5. Records

We keep a record of weekly themes and key events for Collective Worship, and we aim to keep simple records of worship activities.

We seek to involve children in the evaluation of our Collective Worship, through reflections and reviews; which are recorded by children each half-term

 

6. Relationship to the Diocesan Toolkit & National requirements

Our policy for Collective acts of worship follows County and Diocesan guidelines for a Church of England Controlled School.

 

7. Parental rights of withdrawal

Parents may request that their child is withdrawn from religious education, according to the Education Act. The parents may discuss their reasons with the Head Teacher why they wish their child to be excluded from the School’s Collective Worship. Because of the need to assure their safety, pupils, when withdrawn, work in the classroom or library, as long as arrangements can be made at no additional cost to the school.

 

Expanded Aims from 2 above

 

To contribute to pupils’ spiritual development, e.g.

  • Experience what worship is and what people do when they worship
  • Develop ability to meditate and use silence creatively
  • Reflect on and think more deeply about important issues
  • Foster a sense of awe and wonder at creation
  • Celebrate all that is of value in life - truth, love, goodness, beauty etc.
  • Explore mystery and the important questions about life and creation, including the dark side of life, e.g. suffering, loss, death and evil
  • Express their concerns, hopes, joys etc.
  • Build on their relationship with God

 

To introduce pupils to the worship of the Church of England e.g.

  • Learn to use the church prayers, liturgy, and service books
  • Learn the important and famous prayers of Christianity and the Anglican Church
  • Learn appropriate responses and forms of prayer
  • Give pupils a repertoire of prayers to take into adult life
  • Experience different forms of Christian worship and worship material

 

To gain in knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith, e.g.

  • Explore Christian beliefs about God
  • Learn about the place and significance of the Bible
  • Learn about the significance of Jesus
  • Explore the nature of God as revealed in Jesus
  • Share in Church life and Christian practice
  • Experience different forms of worship
  • Celebrate the festivals and Saints days of the church year 
  • Build sense of community of the school
  • Develop and reflect on the values of the school
  • Share achievements, joys and difficulties of all members of the school community

 

To explore and share the beliefs of others, e.g.

  • Listen to stories from our own and other faiths and learn about their significance
  • Observe special celebrations from other faiths
  • Discover how believers from other faiths worship
  • Celebrate values and attitudes shared with members of other faith communities

 

To contribute to pupils moral development, e.g.

  • Develop ability to reflect on moral and social issues
  • Appreciate the values and beliefs that people live by
  • Acknowledge and become more aware of the needs of others

 

To contribute to the general development of pupils, e.g.

  • Provide them with opportunities for leadership and developing presentation and performance skills
  • Learn the skill of choral speaking
  • Develop pupils singing ability
  • Participate in group planning, preparation and presentation

 

To celebrate and take note of the life of the school in the presence of God, e.g.

  • Celebrate work undertaken by pupils in all areas of the curriculum
  • Build up sense of community of the school
  • Develop and reflect on the values of the school
  • Share achievements, joys and difficulties of all members of the school community

 

To look out to the wider world

  • To take note of events in the world and express joy or sorrow as appropriate
  • To celebrate and give thanks for God’s world
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