Who are we?
We respect each other and are proud of each other's achievements. We foster a love of learning and a determination to embrace new challenges. We are creative and enthusiastic in all of our teaching and learning and work together in a safe and happy environment, with Christian values at the heart of all we do.
At Aberford C of E Primary School, we are a family.
Our vision at Aberford CE Primary is based on the Bible verse 1 Corinthians 13:
Three things will last forever - faith, hope and love - and the greatest of these is love.
Our Core Values
In Spring 2021, all our stakeholders worked together to look at the Christian Values we embrace within our school and asked ourselves which defined us the best. After several weeks of work on this, our ACE Committee met to pull together the findings and ensure that each group was represented in our final decisions. Our Core Values were defined as :
Friendship Respect Community Hope
Why are we here?
During the January 2021 training day, staff came together to review and redefine our vision, value and aims. We started by each team member involved identifying their individual reasons for working at Aberford.
We acknowledged that all our school community have different reasons for being here but our collective belief in what the school stands for defines the ethos by which we live. The vision for the school can't stand still and must evolve as we evolve as a school community.
How then do we live?
All our school stakeholders talked passionately about our school values and how they help shape the way we live. We discussed how all our Christian Values helped shape our school vision and sorted them into how they make up each part of our vision statement.
We then decided that whilst all the Christian Values were part of our vision, we wanted to define what Aberford's CORE values were and spent time discussing which of the 18 Christian Values represented us best. Staff had some excellent ideas and were keen to involve children, parents and Governors too. Our Core Values were launched in September 2021 and our ACE Committee researched what they meant the children in their class, combining their results into a PowerPoint presentation which they delivered in Child-led Collective Worship.
How Our Values Shape Us For The Future
We asked former pupils to reflect on how our school's Christian Values had influenced them during their time at Aberford. The responses we received were overwhelming and really showed what a positive impact educating children through a strong Christian Vision can have. Here is an example of a former pupil's views:
Church of England Vision for Education:
Our vision for education is deeply Christian, with Jesus' promise of 'life in all its fullness' at its heart.
In line with the Church of England's role as the established Church, our vision is for the common good of the whole community.
Educating for wisdom, knowledge and skills
- enabling discipline, confidence and delight in seeking wisdom and knowledge, and developing talents in all areas of life.
Educating for hope and aspiration
- enabling healing, repair and renewal, coping wisely when things go wrong, opening horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them.
Educating for community and living well together
- a core focus on relationships, participation in communities and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.
Educating for dignity and respect
- the basic principle of respect for the value and preciousness of each person, treating each person as a unique individual of inherent worth.
SIAMS - Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools
The inspection process for Diocesan Church Schools is now called ‘Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools’.
The inspection grades the school on - How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?
This question is explored through the following seven strands-
Vision and Leadership
Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
Community and Living Well Together
Dignity and Respect
The Impact of Collective Worship
The Effectiveness of Religious Education
Schools can receive a grading of Excellent, Good, Requires Improvement or Ineffective. Click here to read the Siams framework in order to understand the criteria that church schools are judged against.
2022 Church School Inspection
In May 2022, we were judged to be a good Church of England school, under the new Siams framework. We are very proud of the final inspection report. It exemplifies the continuous and strong dedication that all our school community shows in ensuring that our school is the very best that it can be.
Aberford Children’s Ethos (ACE) committee
ACE committee meets regularly to think about and develop how we show that we are a church school in everything we do – from collective worship to how we treat each other day by day. Representatives from each class are elected to be members of our ACE committee. They meet to consult on the worship provision across school and to assist Mrs Crossley and the other teachers in their delivery of collective worship. They are also responsible for passing on prayers from their class to teachers to be shared during collective worship.
Our new ACE Committee members for 2021-22 are:
Archie, Amelia, Rowan, Violet, Herbie, Violet, Leighton and Daisy.
Our first meeting was very productive and the committee began planning their first collective worship of the year, which will be 'What our School Values mean to us'. We will keep you posted on how it goes! They also had lots of good ideas about how we can really raise the profile of our values around school. They plan to write an Aberford school prayer and launch it to our community too!
Collective worship is an important and special time for all of our school community. Children and adults alike love this vibrant start to each day and worship time always creates a buzz of excitement as children enter the hall. It is a time for pupils to reflect upon their life experiences and to seek out answers to big questions. Children participate enthusiastically and are always keen to share their thoughts and feelings about the value we are focusing on.
Worship in school is planned mainly around the Roots and Fruits Scheme, which bases our acts of worship on one of our 18 Christian values. Each half term we focus on a specific value. This half term that value is HOPE.
Children and adults explore this value in depth throughout the half term and look at how it helps us to live our lives in a fruitful and productive manner. Reverend Phil, at St Ricarius Church in Aberford, builds on the work around our value in his fortnightly sermons to the children in church.
Our ACE Committee regularly lead collective worship and run our Celebrations Worship each week in school. The rest of our school community look forward to this time each week and our ACE Committee show great enthusiasm, compassion and care when involving the rest of school, especially to our younger pupils in school. ACE Committee also plan Collective Worship sessions around Church Calendar events and present these to the rest of school
Collective Worship is the beating heart of our school and sets the tone for each day in school. Teachers and Children lead Collective Worship and Father Phil leads worship in church every fortnight, basing his sermons around our half-term's value.
|Monday||Whole School Values Worship|
|Tuesday||Whole School Worship through Song|
|Wednesday||Church - led by Father Phil|
|Thursday||Class Worship - Journey through the Bible|
|Friday||Whole School Celebrations + Christian Values Awards|
Our school is part of the York Diocese and works closely with the team to help us develop our Church of England ethos. An introduction to the Diocesan Board of Education can be found here: https://dioceseofyork.org.uk/schools-and-youth/schools-education-homepage/what-we-do/the-board-of-education/
Spring Celebrations: Primary Diversity Day
We were lucky enough to participate in the Leeds for Learning Primary Diversity Day on 20th April 2021. This event gave us the opportunity to learn first-hand about the celebrations that take place in our local faith communities at this time of the year.
In Class One we looked at the festival Ramadan and what it means to fast. We were very fortunate to have two children whose families were currently fasting and they were able to share first-hand experiences themselves and tell us all about what their families were doing during this special time.
We also loved creating Henna Patterns and moon and star hanging mobiles.
In Class 2, we started the day by looking at the Christian festival of Easter. We listened to Reverend Sue talking about the celebration of new life and then made our own Easter gardens.
We then looked at the Islamic festival of Eid. We learnt about Ramadan and how Eid is celebrated. We enjoyed creating our own Islamic patterns and moon and star hanging mobiles.
Class 3 started the day by looking at what diversity means.
It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognising our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.
Some ideas we can up with are:
- diversity means everyone is different
- different things and different religions
- I think it means being nice and friendly to everyone
- Helping each other to live together
- Finding out about different things
We looked at the Hindu festival, Holi that celebrates Spring and new life.
We looked at the Jewish festival of Passover. Jews celebrate the Feast of Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) to commemorate the liberation of the Children of Israel who were led out of Egypt by Moses. Jews have celebrated Passover since about 1300 BC, following the rules laid down by God in Exodus 13.
Our Church - St Ricarius
We visit church every other Wednesday morning and Worship in Church is led by Father Phil. It is usually based around our value of the half term or around events from the church calendar. We also hold Harvest, Christmas and Easter services in church and invite our families in to worship with us.