Bedale Church Of England Primary School

Learning and Caring Together

Firby Road, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2AT

01677 422 401

Christian Character

Christian Character is developed through:

The school promotes the achievement of all groups through assessment, planning for different needs and analysis of performance that identifies pupil outcomes for specific pupil groups. The school values achievement across all areas of the curriculum and school life through its weekly celebration assembly.

 RE is a core subject. Learners speak positively about their achievements, their personal strengths and the way the school affirms them through regular performances, involvement in worship and pupil surveys. The school promotes health and well-being through teaching on relationships, safe practices, healthy eating resulting in pupils speaking responsibly about such areas and their importance in class worship. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural developments of all learners are explicitly related to Christian values through policy and planning. These values are reviewed regularly so that as a community we are clear about how we move forward as a distinctive Christian school.

 Our curriculum provides opportunities for learners to explore other cultures, beliefs and practices. Learners are given opportunities to appreciate and respond to the wonder and beauty of God’s creation, including the natural world and the arts, residentials and through numerous visits and visitors to school.

 The school provides opportunity for prayer and reflection in collective worship and at other times. Learners engage in prayer in worship and before lunch. They have regular opportunities to plan and engage worship, whether through class led worship, worship in church, as part of the worship team or as individuals.

 The school promotes clearly defined Christian, spiritual, moral and social values both within the curriculum, collective worship and other activities eg peer mentors and helping around school. Learners are able to explain notions of right and wrong and discuss reasons for and consequences of behaviour, individually or in contexts such as circle time and RE, based upon Christian teaching. Learners show concern for the local, national and global world community supporting numerous charities and community projects throughout each school year.

 The school's Christian status is seen visually through displays and symbols in important areas such as the hall, entrance, during worship and in each classroom, with reflective candle areas.

 Pupils and parents speak of the school as welcoming and secure, promoting positive relationships based on Christian values, where their views are listened to and their contribution is valued. Vulnerable pupils and their parents are well supported by the staff, SEND Lead and Senior Leadership Team.

Christian values help children develop strong relationships in school. Values are integral to all policies such as Behaviour, Anti-Bullying to support and help pupils. As such, serious behaviour issues are rare as children and adults get on well, which leads to a positive learning environment. Children showing strong values of perseverance, compassion and friendship are invited to share a hot chocolate with the Head Teacher as part of a family group.