As a voluntary-aided school with a Church of England Foundation the school’s trust deed requires that pupils in the school are educated in accordance with the teaching and principles of the Church of England and that the school curriculum is set in an educational environment which is securely based on Christian beliefs, principles and values.
At ACE, children take an active part in Christian worship on a daily basis. In religious education they are taught Christian principles and beliefs, and those of other major world religions. In the curriculum and in religious education children are given opportunities to learn about other cultures, religious beliefs, customs and ways of life.
The spiritual dimension is an important and central part of school life. This emerges from the opportunities that children have to get to know, understand and appreciate the world around them, and to reflect upon this knowledge and their own place in school, in their family and in God’s world.
Personal, social, cultural, moral education and citizenship is seen as a continuous process which begins in the home before children start school, continues through school life as part of the partnership between home and school and develops still further in adulthood. Hearing about people, how they live, their relationships with each other and their environment is an important part of children’s education at the school, as is an understanding of how human action, now and in the past, has influenced events and conditions. Children will learn to understand something of the structure and nature of their own society, its culture, institutions and values as a basis for learning to handle the wide variety of situations which will face them in their lives.
In religious education the children learn about and from religion. Our aim is that the children will gain knowledge and understanding about the beliefs, traditions and values of the Christian religion and the other main religions of the world, which will help them to form opinions and make judgements about religious and moral issues. The caring ethos of the school and the value that we place on the development of the whole child: spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually is reflected in the religious education curriculum.
Collective worship has an important place in the life of ACE. Through our collective worship we aim to provide a caring and supportive environment for children to experience some of the essential features of Anglican prayer and worship; to be able to reflect upon the value, purpose and meaning of things; to reflect on right and wrong; to share times of joy and sadness together and to reflect upon ideas concerning beauty.
In addition to the daily acts of collective worship in school there are school services held in the parish church. These services include those for Christmas lessons and carols, and other occasions that arise from the Christian calendar or from special school events. Parents, neighbours, relations and friends are invited to all of these services and to the communion services that are held at various points of the school year.
How does the School share its Christian Leadership with others?
Sharing Christian Leadership
Currently the headteacher represents the Church of England on the West Sussex Standing Advisory Council on Education (SACRE), Chairs the Deanery Group, and is a member of the Littlehampton Locality Headteacher Group, leading on increasing the participation of sport for the wider community and breaking down barriers. In addition to this, as part of his role he works closely with the local churches.
ACE works in partnership with other schools in the Deanery Group.
The vision statement was agreed alongside the working statement at the January 2020 meeting.
We believe at the heart of our deanery community are the values of our Christian foundation. We believe as a group of church schools that learning and growing in a caring Christian environment will strengthen the values, and personal beliefs, of our pupils, equipping them for living life fully in the 21st Century.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7: 8.
As a group of church schools, we want to strengthen our Christian distinctiveness by working closely together and serving one another. We recognise the value of working collaboratively for the good of all our children and the wider school community.
In a spirit of openness and generosity we aim to:
- Share ideas and good practice across the curriculum
- Develop creative opportunities for children to explore their faith
- Nurture Christian distinctiveness across our schools
- Support, challenge and encourage each another professionally
Through close cooperation, we seek to embrace our Christian foundations, build one another up and grow spiritually as a community of schools.