St Martin’s CE Primary School
St Martin’s Church of England Primary School is a Voluntary Aided Primary School within the Diocese of Lichfield. We work hard to develop and sustain our school’s Christian distinctiveness. Our theologically rooted Christian vision shapes and drives our work and is expressed through living by our Christian values in our day-to-day lives. We work in close partnership with Reverend Kate Watson (Trust Director and co-opted Governor of St Martin’s CE Primary School) and St Martin’s Church, Bradley.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL?
As a Church of England Voluntary Aided School, we offer an education that is distinctively Christian. Although each church school is unique, all church schools will share core values based on the Gospel values. Church schools are therefore places where education is provided within the context of Christian belief and practice. As a Church of England school, we have an Instrument of Government (a legal document) which states “…recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers all of its pupils.”
The Instrument of Government links with The Church of England’s Vision for Education (2016) which 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, their vision is for the common good of the whole community and is there for those of all faiths and those of no faith. There are 4 basic elements that permeate the Church of England’s Vision for Education:
Who we are as a school is founded upon the core values of respect, resilience and compassion and time is spent exploring what is distinctively Christian about these particular values. Many other values are explicitly taught throughout the school day such as friendship, love, patience, thankfulness, joy, faithfulness, humility and hope. We strive for excellent relationships between all members of our school family, making our school a happy place to work and learn.
The Church of England’s document ‘Valuing all God’s Children’ can be found here;
Our latest SIAMS inspection report can be found here;