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‘Let your light shine.’ Matthew 5:16

Enabling children to flourish and succeed

Church School Effectiveness and SIAMS

Valuing Our Distinctly Christian Ethos

 

Guided by Christian and British values, we maintain that learning should be an exciting and enjoyable experience for everyone (adults and children); it should be fun and interactive, challenging and celebratory so a love for learning deepens and everyone's light shines.

 

Our Christian values support our spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as we grow and learn together in a happy, safe, aspirational environment. Through God’s example, we celebrate the uniqueness of each individual and endeavour to unlock their full potential. We inspire and enable our children to contribute to and thrive in a diverse society through promoting the following core values: 

 

Friendship, Love, Perseverance, Respect and Compassion

 

In so doing, our vision is that our whole community will let their light shine so that all may flourish and succeed.

 

Our Vision Explained

 

“Let your light shine” (Matthew 5:16) so that all may flourish and succeed.

 

Our strong sense of community and collaboration ensures that happiness, fulfilment and wellbeing are at the forefront of our work, so that children know they are loved by God and in turn grow to love learning, to love life and to love others. Our ambition is for all our children and school community to use their talents and gifts for the common good so that they may live life in all its fullness. 

 

Our vision is rooted in the teachings of Jesus. In the sermon He gave to His followers, as described in Matthew 5:16, He said:

 

 

When you shine your light, you become the symbol of hope and goodness in the world; to be the light in someone's life is ultimately the best thing you can do for them as you will then find great joy. We encourage our children to be kind, caring and respectful of others; we want them to have kind thoughts, speak kind words and do good deeds. In so doing, we know that they will be happy and feel a sense of peace, safety and so their confidence will grow. Their light will shine for others, with others and upon others.

 

Our vision also links to the vision of Rise Multi-Academy TrustThe Leicester Diocese Board of Education vision and the Church of England's vision for education.

 

Let Your Light Shine (Matthew 5:14-16)

This dramatization is an adaptation of a script written for Worship, Word & Way children's Bible curriculum. For ages 2-14, 156 lessons explore the stories o...

Our Charity Work

Many of our parents (accompanied by their children) volunteer to support The Viking Challenge, held annually at Redmile School.

 

Charity Off-Road Cycle Event

Press release – 3rd October 2022

 

Sun shines for The Viking Challenge

Redmile CE Primary School welcomes over 700 cyclists!

 

The Viking Challenge returned with over 700 cyclists conquering the charity off–road cycle event on Sunday 2nd October. With inter-changeable weather over the past few days, the sun shone for the event that cycled across the beautiful scenery of the Vale of Belvoir.

 

The volunteer-led event has always been a key fundraiser for Redmile CE Primary School. Entrants complete a 65km, 55km or 30km circuit, which starts and finishes at the school. This year the money raised, through entry fees and donations, will be for the school and its charity partners REACH. The route is mostly off-road and provides plenty of opportunities to get muddy!

Although the event is not a race, Gavin Jones led the way with the 65km route, Tim Young was the first back from the 55km with first woman back Ruth Stanley hot on his heels, completing the 30 km for the first time. Chris and Karen Crawford returned for the fourth time to complete the course on their tandem!

 

Jane Noad, Chair of the organising committee noted; “It was a fantastic day with all participants riding safely, enjoying themselves and having fun. Our huge voluntary marshal team were incredible in making the event happen this year. It was lovely to see everyone taking part and we are delighted to deliver another great event for our Vikings.”

 

There were also a number of pupils from Redmile CE Primary School who tackled the challenge with their parents and families past and present were there to volunteer on the day. The Viking Challenge really is a family focused event that brings the local community together as well as many others from all over the country.

Not just an event for the local villages, the Viking Challenge attracts cyclists from across the country travelling from as far away as Hastings, Sutton Coalfield and Sheffield! Steve Copeland returned to cycle from Jerez, Spain as well.

 

Executive Head teacher, Julie Hopkins, said, “It was such a thrill to host the event yet again. Riders were so appreciative and even thankful for the mud! It was great to see many familiar faces who have returned year after year to support the event. Special thanks to everyone who volunteered their time before, during and after the event; we couldn’t have done it without you!  The money raised from this year’s event will support the many trips we have planned for the children.”

There will be an announcement about the funds raised from the 2022 event at our presentation event in January 2023. Please follow our Facebook book for photographs, news and updates.

SIAMS Inspection

 

We are delighted and very proud of our most recent SIAMS Report (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) which took place in November 2021.

 

Some of the highlights:

The school is characterised by the tangible care that pervades the whole school community...

 

Everyone is valued inclusively with dignity and respect as precious children of God...

 

The quality of teaching in RE is consistently good or better, shown through school monitoring and verified during inspection...

 

...exceptionally close and mutually supportive relationships between church and school...

 

As put by a parent, ‘each individual feels part of a big family because everyone is valued and welcomed.’

 

Pupils care for and support each other with kindness and respect. As noted by a pupil, ‘We let our light shine to others by showing kindness’.

 

The school’s behaviour focus of ‘Care and persevere, show respect and be fair’, supports all in treating others as they wish to be treated. As a pupil said, ‘we let our light shine by respecting and valuing people who do not believe the same things as us’. Pupils are keen to challenge injustice and enjoy articulating the difference they make. They feel listened to and their viewpoints are treated with respect.

 

Key findings:

 

  • The whole school community share a clear Christian vision for the school. This vision, and associated values, underpin the whole life of the school and inform every decision that is made.

 

  • Waltham-on-the-Wolds School is a highly inclusive and caring community where every pupil is valued, nurtured and challenged as the unique person God created them to be.

 

  • The pupils’ needs are met effectively, including through the promotion of mental health. Pupils live out the vision and values through care for each other, social action and opportunities to challenge injustices.

 

  • Collective worship, springing from the Christian vision, is valued, biblical and affirming. It is developed and enriched by strong opportunities for pupil leadership. Collective worship influences the lives of both pupils and staff, enabling them to flourish.

 

  • Enquiry-based religious education (RE) develops curiosity through questioning, although expectations of what pupils will learn in each lesson sometimes lack clarity.

 

  • Staff strengths and expertise have been used to develop a cohesive and relevant curriculum. This is impacting positively on attitudes to learning, with pupils engaged and hungry to learn. Whilst opportunities exist that support pupils’ spiritual development, opportunities are sometimes missed as the school lacks a clear shared view of what spirituality means to them.

 

The full report can be read below.

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