Church & Community
Our school is a Church of England School.
What does this mean?
The Church of England has always been concerned with education in many forms and the history of Church schools began when the National Society for the Promotion of Education was founded in 1811. There are 4700 Church of England Schools in the United Kingdom. All Church Schools are supported by their local Diocesan Board of Education. The Local Diocesan Board of Education for Send is the Guildford Diocese Board of Education. You can find out more information about the Guildford Diocese Board of Education by visiting their website https://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/education-schools/
There are many different types of Church Schools. Send Church of England (CofE) School is a Voluntary Aided (VA) School. Some key characteristics of a VA school are:
The Church or Foundation governors are an absolute majority.
Governors appoint and employ all staff.
Governors determine the RE syllabus which should reflect the Anglican tradition and worship reflects the Anglican tradition.
For more information about the Church of England, including Church of England Schools visit their
How does our school promote Christian Values?
As a Church of England school, Christian values underpin our ethos. We actively promote the development of Christian values and citizenship skills, equipping pupils for life in the wider world. The theme is displayed in each class and becomes embedded through the curriculum.
“Church of England schools are inclusive, safe spaces where pupils learn to respect diversity of all kinds"
Find out more about our Value of the Month here
- Our values for each month: 2022-2023
- Values-based Education
Every day we celebrate Collective Worship in School.
We re-enforce the chosen value of the month through our worship. In collective worship, the children are given the opportunity to think about the Christian meaning of the value and how it can be demonstrated in their lives. This can be through the use of music, stories and symbols. Children are encouraged to be involved in the collective worship, whether it is led by the head teacher, class based or led by visitors to the school from the local churches.
At some time during the collective worship, children are given the time for self-reflection. This can be developed by asking pupils to listen quietly to and consider what they have just heard. During the reflection time, pupils are able to absorb and respond to the main ideas about the value of the month, at their own level. There is no compulsion to worship or act against their own beliefs.
For more information about Collective Worship, please click here
All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the Church of England Education Office's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The SIAMS Evaluation Schedule sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.
SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school's Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles appropriate to, and reflective of, their particular context in order to be distinctively and effectively Christian in their character and ethos. SIAMS inspectors therefore do not look for a set template of what a Church school should be like, but rather take the particular context of the school into account and base their evaluation on the outcomes rather than the process.
The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: how effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?
This is explored through seven strands:
Vision and Leadership
Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
Community and Living Well Together
Dignity and Respect
The impact of collective worship
The effectiveness of religious education
One overall grade is awarded reflecting the contribution of these strands to the flourishing of pupils and adults in a Church school. In addition a standalone grade is awarded in all schools for collective worship and in voluntary aided (VA) schools and former VA schools for religious education (RE). This grade is based on teaching and learning alone.
To read our latest SIAMS Inspection Report please click on the link below.
To find out more about how Religious Education is taught at Send CofE School please visit the Curriculum section of our website.