St Lawrence School is a ‘proper’ church school: it has a strong Christian ethos at its heart; it has strong links with the Church of St Lawrence here in Napton and values the guidance and support from the Diocesan Board of Education in Coventry.
The school sees itself as one of three symbols of the living church in this area alongside the well- supported Youth Clubs and the local community who worship at the church. At every opportunity, the school likes to get involved with worship and praise in the community: with the Brownies, alongside the village memorial committee, with the village lunch group and of course in our church.
It is our vision for all in the school community that drives us:
A happy church school that nurtures the unique talents of individuals and brings them together so that ‘they will soar on wings like eagles’ (Isaiah 40:31). By valuing all of God’s children, the school’s mission is for all to be the best they can be and to know that they are loved for who they are. In the recent times of COVID, this has never been more important. Throughout these times, this has been expressed and celebrated with fulsome School Journals, through regular contact across the school community, through online worship and by the efforts to ensure that every child had the opportunity for meaningful transition: into the school, from year group to year group and for those who have progressed to secondary schools. The ‘Festival Week’ to mark the passing on of our Yr6 was opened with a service lead by Revd Gillian but could only have been accomplished through the support of the much wider community.
The school is a place where faith is openly talked about but does not aim to evangelise. It encourages discussion about the similarities and differences between faiths and of those with no faith whilst promoting the importance of respect for all viewpoints. It ensures that children have the opportunity to experience first-hand both Christianity in action and that of other faiths.
Worship in school is a daily occurrence: in class, in the dining hall and in assemblies. Though on hold for the moment, parents are invited to join us each Friday as we celebrate achievement and parents are always warmly invited to join us when we go to church each term. The school is again exploring an opportunity for children to explore their growing faith further through a Confirmation and Communion Club that is held after school and led by our vicar.
Assemblies and special days are central to shaping and culturing our ethos – with contributions from our local church, from our school orchestra and from national bodies and research projects including SACRE and the Cambridge Inter-Faith Group with Warwick University. Assemblies ensure that advocates of Christian action are regularly invited into school and have clearly inspired our children to be advocates for a number of different causes and viewpoints in the past few years.
Over 94% of parents think that St Lawrence’s had a strong Christian ethos in the Parent Survey in the spring of 2018. 97% were very positive about how successes were celebrated in assemblies.
A church inspection (SIAMS) took place in May 2016 and judged us as an Outstanding church school in all areas: testament to the expertise and enthusiasm of staff in partnership with most supportive church, our parents and our wider community.
The school is currently supported, advised and overseen by the Revd. Gillian Roberts; Priest in Charge of the Bridges Group of Churches. Gillian is also a governor of the school alongside the other Foundation Governors who are appointed by the church. The school also hugely benefits from the worship team.
Our School Prayers.
Key Stage 1 Grace before Lunch.
For every cup and plateful,
Lord, make us truly grateful.
Key Stage 2 Grace before Lunch.
Bless us O God as we sit together.
Bless the food we eat today,
Bless the hands that made the food and Bless us O God.
The End of Day Prayer
Dear Lord Jesus,
Please bless our school and everyone in it.
Help us to work together,
And to play together,
And to grow more like you each day.
A Prayer from the Diocese
Thank you God for our vibrant school: one in which children are eager to listen and learn as they did in a recent ‘African Day!’ Please pray for all those who work with children; may they remain steadfastly focused in their vocation during these times of austerity and change.