A Church School

A Church School

The first Church of England schools taught children who were poor with little or no opportunity for social mobility. This starting point has led to the development of schools that now serve their local communities. Lambourn Church of England Primary School offers a high standard of education to all the children who attend from the village and the neighbouring area, regardless of the religious beliefs or otherwise of their parents. As a Church school we are committed to maintaining a high quality of teaching and the fostering of a safe environment where pupils feel happy, secure and valued.

Let your light shine

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.”

At Lambourn Primary the children enjoy acts of collective worship and can relate their learning to everyday life. Collective worship is seen as a special time of the day and children have a positive attitude towards it. All acts of worship include a time for quiet reflection.

During Collective Worship there are opportunities to listen, reflect and pray. Children are invited to recite the Lord’s Prayer and enjoy hymns linked to Christian values or a current Christian festival. The children are invited to engage with opportunities for spiritual development through questioning and times of reflection. Our vicar, Rev’d Julie Mintern and retired Archdeacon, Venerable Christine Allsopp lead collective worship weekly in school. The church is used for festivals during the school year.

Collective Worship is a time when the whole school, or groups within the school meet together in order to consider and reflect on common concerns, issues and interests. It offers all pupils an opportunity to reflect or worship through engaging in relevant, meaningful experiences and provides opportunities for the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

All schools must provide religious education and daily collective worship for all registered pupils and promote their spiritual, moral and cultural development. Religious education and collective worship make an important, although not exclusive, contribution to the spiritual, moral and cultural development of the children. These activities offer explicit opportunities for pupils to consider the response of religion to fundamental questions about the purpose of being, morality and ethical standards, and to develop their own response to such matters.

In addition to being inspected by Ofsted church schools have a SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection every five years. This evaluates the effectiveness of the school’s Christian distinctiveness in enabling children to flourish. Last inspected in October 2015 Lambourn was judged to be a ‘Good’ school.

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