Who are we?
At Aberford, we strive to enable each individual to be caring, capable and confident in an ever-changing world. We respect each other and are proud of each others’ 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, where Christian values are placed at the heart of all we do.
At Aberford C of E Primary School, we are a family.
Rooted in 1 Corinthians 13
Three things will last forever - faith, hope and love - and the greatest of these is love.
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. We will continue this work throughout January and work to identify those values which are most crucial in supporting us achieve our goals.
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.
Outstanding Church School Inspection
In November 2015 we were judged to be outstanding.
Purpose and focus of SIAMS inspections
SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school's Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles appropriate to, and reflective of, their particular context in order to be distinctively and effectively Christian in their character and ethos. SIAMS inspectors, therefore, do not look for a set template of what a Church school should be like, but rather take the particular context of the school into account and base their evaluation on the outcomes rather than the process.
The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: 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 is explored through 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
One overall grade is awarded reflecting the contribution of these strands to the flourishing of pupils and adults in a Church school. In addition, a standalone grade is awarded in all schools for collective worship and in voluntary aided (VA) schools and former VA schools for religious education (RE). This grade is based on teaching and learning alone.
Collective worship is a special time for pupils to reflect upon their life experiences and to seek out answers to big questions. Worship in school is planned using 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 community.
Collective worship at our school endeavours to encourage the development of these areas in every child. In our celebration worship, we have an opportunity for the individual child to celebrate his or her social and academic achievements and a time to foster the positive values held at the school, the local community and the wider world.
Daily acts of collective worship are carried out across the school. Whilst we cannot worship together as a whole school at present due to Coronavirus precautions, we gather together daily in our bubbles to worship and reflect.
|Key Stage 1||Key Stage 2|
|Monday||Classteacher led in classrooms||Headteacher led in the hall|
|Tuesday||Classteacher led in classrooms||Classteacher led in classrooms|
|Wednesday||Headteacher led in the hall||Classteacher led in classrooms|
Headteacher led in the hall
Celebration of Values
|Classteacher led in classrooms|
|Friday||Classteacher led in classrooms||
Headteacher led in the hall
Celebration of Values
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.
Meet our ACE Committee members