Our vision is: Learn, Grow and Flourish
At St Giles’ children are at the heart of what we do, which is underpinned by our Christian faith and our Christian values. Our Christian vision is reflected in our practice. We take strength and guidance from Jeremiah 17:8:
“They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah tells us that that when we follow the right path, through trust in God, we can all flourish. Our vision also reflects the Church of England and St Alban’s Diocesan vision for education:
‘Living God’s Love in Education: Enabling Life in all its Fullness’.
It is through living our vision that we maintain our distinctive Christian character, using stories and lessons from the Bible to help support and nurture the children in our school and the community we serve.
We are an inclusive school, where we welcome families and staff of all faiths, background and walks of life with open arms. It is our nurturing, friendly and warm environment that people comment on as they walk through the door. Something special that you can’t quite put your finger on. During our last Ofsted inspection, our pupils were described as ‘polite and welcoming and enjoy their time at school’. This is no accident – our Christian faith and values are an integral part of our school and this is reflected in the behaviour and kindness our children outwardly show. We are very proud of them.
Collective worship is a core part of our daily school lives, with children having the opportunity to give praise through song and celebration, quiet reflection and prayer. We feel strongly that oracy is a key part of our teaching and give children opportunities to discuss the teachings of Jesus in an open and honest way. This includes having opportunities to learn about Bible stories, discuss Christian art and the depictions of Jesus, as well as reflect on our monthly value. Our memorial garden is a place for stillness and prayer where children can sit a while, reflecting on the teachings of Jesus or remembering people from their past. We are lucky enough to be next door to the medieval church of St Giles’ where the whole school can often be found celebrating Jesus.