Patchway school wins regional Church School Award

St. Chad’s Patchway C of E Primary School in South Gloucestershire has won the Wales and West Regional Winner of the Church School Awards 2011.

On the afternoon of 24th March 2011, Mr. Tony Cooper (the Headteacher), two adults involved in the application and seven children attended Westminster Cathedral Hall in London to receive their prize from the Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb MP. The school gave a small presentation of how the school inspires citizens and support communities.

Teacher and RE co-ordinator, Eve Scott, writes:

This award is partly the result of our school’s commitment to Community Cohesion and Global Citizenship, as well as our commitment to promoting Christian values throughout our community.

St. Chad’s has demonstrated the whole of the school community is aware of the vital role they play in nurturing the local and wider community. The Staff and Governors have developed a clearly defined school vision “To be a happy learning community based on Christian values which enables all children to reach their full potential.”

Our school is in a suburban area with children from different socioeconomic groups. It has a predominately mono-cultural population; therefore promoting Community Cohesion is important to us.

We aim for the school community to understand, care and contribute to its community, and understand human rights. An international theme runs through our curriculum. Pupils become aware of their role as a Global Citizen as they develop an informed awareness of countries, cultures and languages.

Our children are encouraged to become responsible citizens with Christian values. Our assemblies are based on “Values for Life”, a programme for Collective Worship written by the Diocese of Bristol’s Department for Children and Young People. It teaches values including honesty, trust, justice and peace. Our School Behaviour Code has four rules and teaches the children about respect, care, justice, and forgiveness.

We have strong links with St Chad’s Church. Following our Harvest Service, Year 6 pupils deliver Harvest gifts to vulnerable people in the community. Our children enjoy being involved in charity fundraising opportunities such as Children in Need. Parents and Faith representatives from different cultures come in to talk to us, so that we can learn from races and cultures and recognise we are a multicultural society.

We support Sustainable Development by having Recycling Workshops and by having a School Travel Plan, where we aim to reduce car use and congestion and encourage walking or cycling. Our school cooks use local produce when possible to reduce the miles our food has to travel. Each class grows and sells its own produce from the school garden. We also recycle paper, old mobile phones, books and toys.

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