Every child at Fladbury will know they are loved by God, have a happy heart and be part of a flourishing well-led school. When they leave Fladbury, they will be well-prepared to meet challenges, confident in their abilities and look forward to their bright futures with an open mind.
John 10-10, Jesus promised "I came that you may have life and have it to the full."
Fladbury School is a Church of England (Voluntary Aided) First School and has strong links with both the local parish church of St John the Baptist and with the Diocese of Worcester. The school seeks to encourage an understanding of the true meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all of its pupils, whilst respecting those of other faiths and cultures.
The children take part in a daily act of collective worship with a Christian emphasis. We aim to develop a feeling of belonging where values are appreciated and shared. Pupils are provided with opportunities to worship and respond to God; to reflect on Christian values; to reflect on their own beliefs, ideas and thoughts and to develop a strong community spirit. They are encouraged to consider moral, spiritual and social issues within the context of the Christian faith.
The school plays a key part in all the Christian festivals and pupils attend church to join in the worship in a variety of ways through hymn singing, reading, drama and staging performances.
Our School Prayer written by the children and Mrs Mather
This is our School
Let peace dwell here
Let our School be full of happiness
Let love abide here
Love of one another
Love of man kind
Love of life itself
And love of God
Let us remember that as many hands build a house
So many hearts make a school
Please view our SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) report where we were rated OUTSTANDING in June 2016.
We also enjoy welcoming a team of volunteers through an initiative called 'Open the Book' which offers children the chance to hear the major stories of the Bible in an interactive and enjoyable way during worship times.
We have created our own set of Christian values - Hope, Wisdom & Joy - in which we try hard to live our lives by. These were generated by questioning staff, children, parents and governors. We spend half a term on each value, reflecting on them during worship time, curriculum time; in fact throughout our whole day in school.
The Department for Education state there is a need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs." At Fladbury First School we are committed to these values and regularly reinforce them in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded at the school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular questionnaires. The elections of the School Council members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our school has rules, which are embedded in our work every day. Each class also discusses and sets its own rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws. They understand that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws or rules are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and P.S.H.C.E. lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge; of how they record; of participation in our numerous extracurricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Respect is one of the core values of our school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have. The core value of Respect at Fladbury First School underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom. Our school is committed to developing respect for other cultures.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Our core value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. Fladbury First School enhances pupils’ understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education, P.S.H.E. work and visits to other places of worship to deepen understanding of different celebrations and beliefs.
The children and staff have worked hard on creating our own definition of Spirituality:
Spirituality is about understanding that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. It's the connections and relationships we have with God, with others, with ourselves and with nature. It brings about a sense of awe and wonder and van lead to asking big questions about who we are and our place in God's world.