Marsh Baldon C.E. Primary School
What does it mean to be a Christian school?
Baldon is a School that serves the whole community and welcomes those of any faith or none. The school aims to promote ‘mutual respect and tolerance for all’. The values we share of Love, Courage, Respect, Trust, Teamwork and Moral Courage, are a key part of who we are and our school’s Christian heritage. We strive to embed these characteristics into every aspect of our life together.
Jesus told his followers to
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
with all your mind and with all your strength…
Love your neighbour as yourself.’
These two, interlinked commandments, which are a basis for all Christian living, inform the life of our Church of England school. Our whole school family is able to develop and grow their understanding of God not only by finding out about who Jesus is and what he undertook, but also through the way we treat each other on a day to day basis. These relationships between us all are how we show we are a Christian school.
The Christian foundation that every man, woman and child is of inestimable value is reflected in the environment of encouragement, acceptance and respect our school creates and is where all are able to make mistakes, learn and grow. Children and adults work in partnership to form strong relationships, where children understand the difference between right and wrong and the consequences of their choices. We seek to develop an academic environment, where fun and enjoyment are key; this environment aims to develop a sense of wonder, awe and curiosity in all of our children.
Our worship together is an important part of each day and happens across the week in a variety of ways. The whole school community reflects on the Bible –considering the links to our school values – and seeks to encourage these values in the lives of individuals, in the relationships we build within our school community and in the relationships we make with all those we meet, wherever they may be.
‘We believe in different things and we have different personalities, abilities and religions. It doesn’t matter how many differences we have, we stand as one. We should all get along with each other and by doing this, we will treat each other how we want to be treated.’
A Marsh Baldon Pupil
As a Church of England school, Christian values underpin our ethos. Our school aim of wanting ‘the very best of all’; encouraging ‘mutual respect and tolerance for all’ and supporting all ‘to grow and learn’ and our values of Love, Courage, Respect, Trust, Teamwork and Moral Courage, permeate all areas of school life.
Reflection time is an important part of our school life. As a Church school, we re-enforce British Values through our collective worship which is strongly Christian. We have close links with our local church (St. Peters), where children take part in Christian church services throughout the year.
Throughout our RE curriculum, we promote Christian values and also educate our pupils about the faiths and beliefs of people from different countries and organisations.
We believe that our Christian identity plays an important role in upholding British Values within our school community.
Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.