We are proud to be a Church of England school, part of the Diocese of Norwich with Norwich Cathedral at its heart. The school was graded outstanding in our most recent SIAMS inspection. The school has an "undoubted Christian ethos that pervades all parts of school life" (Outstanding SIAMS Inspection Report, November 2015). We are an inclusive school that welcomes and respects all members of our school community. We follow the Suffolk RE Agreed Syllabus (the same as is followed in other Local Authority schools). This locally agreed syllabus reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.
Children take part in collective worship every day, either in classes, key stages or as a whole school community. The children are involved in planning and delivering the collective worship regularly.
During each collective worship, children are given the opportunity to reflect, think and pray. The Year 6 children take it in turns to lead the act of worship during whole school assemblies on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. Each half-term, a different class leads the collective worship linked to the focus Christian value. As a whole school community, we learn about a piece of music and its composer over a fortnight. This music is used for the gathering and sending parts of each collective worship.
The school has good links with our local church, St. Mary the Virgin, in Blundeston. Father Glen is available to greet parents on the gate on a Tuesday morning. He also supports the teachers' planning for collective worship each half-term, as well as delivering collective worship in school regularly.
Children visit our Church at special times of the year, such as Christmas, Easter, Mothers' Day and during Harvest. They also visit our Church to support their learning in RE, as well as experiencing collective worship, led by Father Glen. There are 3 members of the Church community on our Governing Body (Foundation Governors). We also have strong links with other places of worship in our Diocese, such as Norwich Cathedral.
For further information about the Church, please visit their website at www.blundestonworship.co.uk.