As a Church of England school, Froxfield School has a distinctive Christian character which gives the whole school community an insight into the way in which matters of faith (and the Christian faith as practised in the Church of England in particular) can inform all aspects of personal development and social interaction. The school’s Christian character is based on core Christian values, the daily Collective Worship held in the school and parish church, and the teaching of Religious Education during Concept Days.
The school values its close relationship with the parish of Froxfield with Privett. The vicar is Reverend John Owen who lives in the vicarage at Steep. He is closely involved with the life of the school and leads the Tuesday Collective Worship in the Church. Once each half term Collective Worship is led by one of our classes and all parents and visitors are welcome.
The parish church of St Peter’s High Cross is opposite the school, and the school benefits from using the parish church for weekly Collective Worship as well as celebrating the major festivals there including Easter, Ascension Day, Harvest and Christmas. Parents are welcome at all Collective Worship and other services held in the parish church. We also use the parish church for our learning at other times, for informal visits (eg the belfry tower), looking at the building as part of our Geography and Local History studies and using the church as a venue for concerts and our Christmas Fair.
The parish church and school come together for various events and activities, including a joint Ascension Day service, Messy Church and the donation of Christmas Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.
Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools
As a Church of England Controlled School we are subject to inspections under the SIAS framework as well as Ofsted. We welcomed our SIAS inspector to school in November 2017 and were very pleased to be graded as outstanding.
School collective worship takes place on a daily basis and is based on Christian foundations and principles. The children benefit from weekly visits to St. Peter’s Church where the vicar or curate leads collective worship on a Tuesday.
Worship in our school is seen as a special time for all. It is a time to reflect upon the common values of the school community, to bring the school together and promote a sense of belonging. It is also a time to help pupils develop a sense of spirituality in the world around them and beyond and to reflect on themes and issues relative to them.
Our core school values are Love, Courage and Respect and we revisit these regularly with the children so that they can build their understanding of what these can mean for us in a Christian context and within our day to day lives. For example, recently children in Reception used their understanding of ‘courage’ to look at doing things they found difficult or daunting, for example tackling a new piece of playgound equipment.
Our Collective Worship planning covers 18 Christian Values, with one value being the focus for each half-term. These values include key concepts such as: forgiveness, responsibility, generosity and hope.
In addition, Collective Worship introduces children to features of Church of England worship (including traditional hymns and the cycle of seasons in the church year).
Our Candle Prayer
We light three candles and say our Candle Prayer:
Through our worship,
May God’s peace fill our hearts,
May we learn respect for God’s creation,
May we grow in courage,
To stand up for God’s values.
Our school prayer
This is our school,
May we all live happily together,
May our school be full of joy,
May love grow here among us every day,
Love of one another,
Love of all people everywhere,
Love of life itself,
And love of God.
As many hands built this school.
So everyone can make this school
A lovely place.
The exemplary behaviour and positive caring relationships in the school are firmly rooted in the school’s core Christian values
SIAMS report 2017