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We are proud to be a Church of England school, strongly linked with St. Mary the Virgin Parish Church in Blundeston, and 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.  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 preparing and delivering collective worship regularly.  We also welcome others in to lead our collective worship and children experience this both in school and at our church.
 
The school has good links with our local church, St. Mary the Virgin, in Blundeston.  Although we don't currently have an incumbent in post, we are still accessing the church and are in regular contact with other members of the church community, including our Foundation Governors.  In addition, a local vicar, Reverend Andy, is working with us currently in the absence of our own incumbent.  He is supporting the school in a number of ways, including leading collective worship and SIAMS preparation.
 
Children visit our church at special times of the year, such as Christmas, Easter, Mothers' Day, Remembrance Day and during Harvest.  They also visit to support their learning in RE, as well as experiencing collective worship there.

 

There are three members of the Church community on our Governing Board (Foundation Governors).  (Currently, there is a vacancy as we have no incumbent in post).  We also have good links with other places of worship in our Diocese, such as Norwich Cathedral.
 
Our Headteacher, Miss Laflin, is an elected member of the Diocese Board of Education.  This means she attends regular meetings with members of the Diocese, including other Headteachers, and helps to develop and shape the education strategy.
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