Ethos And Values
Hutchinson Memorial CE (A) First School's aim is to provide a happy, secure and Christian learning environment in which every child can achieve academic and personal success. Each child is valued and encouraged. We recognise that all children have potential and do our best to provide a caring and well-ordered environment in which they can learn and develop.
We are a church school - what does that mean?
As a church school, Hutchinson Memorial aims to develop its religious character taking into account the principles of the Church of England and promotes Christian values through the experience we offer to all our pupils. We have strong links with our local church, St Mary & All Saints, Checkley.
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Being a Church of England Aided First School means we embrace the following Christian Values:
- Hope & Happiness: 'The lord has done great things for us and we arefilled with joy'. Psalms 126:3
- Friendship and Respect: 'A friend loves at all times' Proverbs 17:17
- Determination & Courage: 'Let us run with determination the reace that lies before us' Hebrews 12:1
- Trust & Honesty: 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding' Proverbs 3:5
- Kindness & Forgiveness: 'Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgace you' Ephesians 4:32
- Creativity & Curiosity: 'Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them' Romans 12:6
Although these values may be supported and shared by Christians and non-Christians alike, theological backgrounds and biblical references help to explore what is distinctively Christian about each value.
Our Acts of Collective Worship
The daily act of Christian collective worship plays a central role in the life and work at Hutchinson Memorial First School. It provides us with valuable opportunities to reaffirm our explicitly Christian values and ethos. It offers important opportunities to strengthen our sense of community, belonging and inclusiveness and to reinforce the respect and care we have for each other. Through collective worship we make a significant contribution to the religious, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of those present.
Each Wednesday, we worship through song, led by a member of the church community, who is also a Foundation Governor. Every other Friday, we worship in Church. This worship is led by either the Vicar or a member of the church community. Parents are welcome to join us.
Each year we hold a Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Leaver's Service in St Mary's and All Saints' Church. These services are led by the children with input from the local church. Parents are very welcome to join us for these important events in the school year.
Our school environment
Around the school, there are clearly displayed Christian symbols that encapsulate our school.
Each classroom has an area for Christian spiritual reflection.
Our school hall, where we meet for Worship has a display and artefacts such as candles used to aid worship.
As well as an OFSTED inspection, as a Church of England aided school we are also inspected by the Diocese of Lichfield. See our latest SIAS inspection report for more information. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Collective Worship. Please contact the Headteacher to discuss the alternative arrangements that could be made for your child.
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To view our most recent SIAMS Report Click Here