St John's C.E. Primary Academy

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The Wider Community

We value our position at the heart of the local community and we actively participate in activities which develop community relationships. We are both distinctive and inclusive.

The Academy's Religious Affiliation

St. John's Academy is a Church of England primary academy and has close connections with the local parish and village church. Religious Education (RE) is provided as laid down in the Trust Deed. RE is taught using Christianity as its foundation. We aim for children to acquire a set of moral and spiritual values and understanding of Christian beliefs, whilst developing a respect for other faiths and a reverence for all life.  Collective worship assemblies, often good starting points for learning, take place daily. At least every half term this takes place in the form of a service in church led by academy staff, pupils, clergy and visitors. In addition parents are invited to special services which celebrate important festivals.  The academy liaises with other Church schools for joint services and activities with parents and members of the church communities.  The clergy take an active part in the worshipping life of the academy and conduct collective worship on a regular basis.

It is hoped that all children attending the academy will receive R.E. each week using materials from both the Local Authority and Wakefield R.E. Syllabi and take part in the daily collective worship  If parents wish their child(ren) to receive R.E. according to the agreed syllabus used in community or controlled schools, then parents should consult the Governing Body to see if arrangements can be made.  Parents have the right to withdraw their child(ren) from worship on religious grounds, but it would be appreciated if the Governors were consulted about their decision. The Governors feel strongly that in a Church School, full participation is expected and hope all parents will give their full support to our aims.

“The Christian ethos based on shared values, which pervades every aspect of the life of the” academy “and in which all pupils feel safe, nurtured and valued” (Established strength—SIAS 2008)

 “The whole learning community lives out its mission in a profoundly caring fashion with collective worship and RE at its heart.” (SIAS 2008) “Pupils’ personal development, including their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, is excellent.” (Ofsted 2005)