School Road, Charing, Ashford, Kent. TN27 0JN
01233 712277 Sarah Halliday - Office Manager

Christian Character

Living and Learning with Faith, Friendship and Fun

Our School is an inclusive family, proud of our faith in God and our friendship with our community.

We develop respect, aspiration, curiosity, tolerance and determination.

We are a creative, compassionate and confident team.

As a Church of England Primary School, Christian values underpin our ethos, our learning and our day to day school life.

In the summer of 2020, all members of the school community (pupils, parents, governors and staff) were involved in the creation of our new vision and the selection of our five Christian values:

Confidence       Determination        Faith       Friendship       Respect

Our visions and values are all linked together in the Creation Story (Genesis, Chapter 1) and our motto

Living and Learning with Faith, Friendship and Fun

Anglican beliefs about the nature of God and the life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as well as the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us, have impact on all aspects of school life.

Reflection Areas

Each class has a cross and a Christian reflection area which are added to and changed regularly.  They provide opportunities and space for children to think more deeply about aspects of worship, the school values, their personal faith, and their relationships with God, each other and the wider world. The children work with their teachers to develop these areas during class worship sessions.

We also have two whole school community reflection areas in the main office building and by the hall.  These areas have different Bible verses and themes to engage the children and adults.  Visitors are encouraged to use and contribute to our reflection area near the office.

In term 1, we will be thinking about our new vision and how we can show this around the school and community.

Collective Worship

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”                                                                John 4:23-24

Collective worship is an important part of our daily school life.  It is a time when the school comes together to learn about and reflect on the messages of the Bible and Jesus Christ, to praise God and Jesus and to reflect on the ways that the Christian teachings impact on and influence our own lives.

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)

The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) judges the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Church of England school and aims to help schools improve as church schools.  The main focus is in the outcomes, i.e. the impact of provision rather than the provision itself.

There are four key questions:

  1. How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
  2. What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
  3. How effective is the religious education?
  4. How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?

Charing Church of England Primary School’s last SIAMS inspection report can be found here.