Our School Vision
Westcott is a learning community that includes pupils, parents and carers, staff and Governors. Learning in faith and growing into all God wants us to be.
Westcott Church of England School’s aim is to provide a happy, secure and Christian learning environment in which every child can achieve academic and personal success.
Each child is valued and encouraged. We recognise that all children have potential and do our best to provide a caring and well-ordered environment in which they can learn and develop.
We are a church school – what does that mean?
As a church school, Westcott’s aims to develop its religious character taking into account the principles of the Church of England and promotes Christian values through the experience we offer to all our pupils.
Being a Church of England School means we embrace the following Christian Values:
(Although these values maybe supported and shared by Christians and non-Christians alike, biblical references help to explore what is distinctively Christian about each value. Click on the Christian Values link above to find out more.)
A practical way of living out our values is through our support of charitable causes.
Our Acts of Collective Worship
The daily act of Christian collective worship plays a central role in the life and work at Westcott CE School. It provides us with valuable opportunities to reaffirm our explicitly Christian values and ethos. It offers important opportunities to strengthen our sense of community, belonging and inclusiveness and to reinforce the respect and care we have for each other. Through collective worship we make a significant contribution to the religious, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of those present.
Each year we hold a Harvest, Christmas, Easter and End of Year Service in St Mary’s Church. These services are led by the children with input from the local church. Parents are very welcome to join us for these important events in the school year and for our Wednesday and Friday acts of collective worship.
Our school building
- Our school entrance hall clearly displays the Christian values that encapsulate our school as well as a large cross.
- Each classroom has an area for Christian spiritual reflection.
- We meet for collective Worship in our classrooms on Mondays and each class has a candle to aid worship.
Aims of Our School
1. To promote in children a desire to examine and understand Christian values and to grow up in a Christian community, so that they will not wish to separate God from anything else they do. In addition, we aim to develop a sympathetic attitude to other world faiths.
2. To ensure a command of literacy, an ability to communicate with others in a variety of ways and to encourage a love of reading.
3. To encourage scientific curiosity and an ability to organise observational study.
4. To develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of technology, whilst broadening their understanding of its uses and effects.
5. To develop mathematical skills and to foster and encourage exploration.
6. To develop an awareness of the heritage around us through historical and geographical education.
7. To encourage an appreciation of the creative arts and to develop new skills.
8. To provide an enjoyment of physical activities, drama, dance, movement and mime and to teach games skills.