We are proud of our Christian distinctiveness and our Christian belief and ethos can be seen in all aspects of school life at Ipsley, from the tone of our relationships with each other to the curriculum studied. We aim to promote Christian values, moral strength and spiritual depth.
Our Christian Distinctiveness
Pupils are encouraged to explore issues of faith, belief and spirituality as part of their own personal development and preparation for their future lives. Via our links with the local church and beyond, our children have the opportunity to understand what it means to serve and help others. We hope to support pupils on their journey to finding meaning and purpose to life.
Our day starts with collective worship, as key stages, year groups or classes. We aim to make these sessions engaging, relevant and inclusive. Sometimes they will include traditional Christian elements, sometimes they will include contemporary music and video, sometimes they will be a quiet time for independent prayer and reflection, where pupils are invited to record ideas in their reflection journals. Our Church of England foundation means that we celebrate major Christian festivals, such as Easter, Christmas and Pentecost.
We have a prayer room, a quiet space for personal reflection and prayer. We are very proud of our CREW leaders who help us to provide opportunities for worship, prayer and reflection in school.
As part of our Christian distinctiveness, we focus as a school on a different value each half term. We choose our values by conducting pupil voice and explore these further in assemblies and classes as well as referring to them through SMSC opportunities in lessons and tutor time. Every year our values are chosen from the following:
Key Questions for reflection and action
What does each core value mean to you?
How do your word and actions reflect each core value?
How could each value influence the way in which you learn and behave in our school community?
CREW Trip to Worcester Cathedral and the Old Palace – 8th June 2017
On the morning of Thursday 8th June, Ms Beech, Miss Darby and thirteen Year 5-7 CREW members visited Worcester. The first stop was at Worcester Cathedral, where Ben Smith greeted us, the Director of Education and Learning at the Cathedral. Once introductions were given, we started a very interesting and informative tour of the Cathedral. The pupils of the CREW were so enthusiastic, taking many pictures and asking even more questions along the way! Ben informed the CREW all about different aspects of the history of this building, including the monks who used to live and pray on part of the site and the restorations that are currently taking place. The pupils were particularly keen to hear about the visit of Queen Elizabeth I many years ago too. The CREW took in the atmosphere of the Cathedral Crypt, whilst hearing about its history and were told a story about King John whilst we visited his final resting place. The tour was over all too quickly for our pupils but was enjoyed by all. The end of our time at the Cathedral was marked by pausing and reflecting thoughts and prayers to the victims of the recent events in both Manchester and London. Each CREW member lit a candle for those affected.
The weather meant the next part of our journey was a swift walk to the Old Palace, located on the riverside also in the city. The Old Palace in Worcester was originally used as the residence for the Bishop of Worcester until 1842. Today, it is used as a training venue for C of E courses and holds a weekly service for staff. Upon arrival, the pupils were able to have their lunch in the beautiful surroundings of the Great Hall, with a lovely view of the River Severn (despite the questionable weather!). Our Chair of Governors Reverend Will Adams welcomed us also and chatted with the CREW about their enjoyable day so far. Once lunch was finished, the staff of the Old Palace joined us for a service in the chapel. Part of the service was led by three of our pupils, Bryany Turner, Reuben Stokes and Maria Stefanova who led a reading from the gospel of Mark and shared a reflection about the importance of caring and supporting others.
The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended, Ms Beech and Miss Darby were incredibly impressed by the attitude and engagement of all the pupils too!