The Bishops C of E Learning Academy

The Bishops' C of E Learning Academy

Christian Distinctiveness

As a Church of England School, we place God at the heart of what we do and this is made evident throughout the school building. Each classroom contains a reflection area which shows the current Christian value being taught, corresponding Bible verse as well as a cross, bible and examples of children’s current work which supports the value for the term. The main hall is also used as a ‘Church’ during our collective worship times and contains displays showing our core values and school Vision.

Prayer is encouraged and there is opportunity for this through the school prayer box and our collective worship. We follow the liturgical seasons and colours and have close links with St Michael's Church in Newquay, where we have regular services. The children are regularly encouraged to think spiritually and are given opportunities to begin to consider their own personal beliefs and values. This is done across the curriculum with especially attention to this in RE and PSHE lessons.
 
The Bishops' is a Voluntary Aided Church of England School, one of 44 Church schools in the Diocese. As a VA School, we are our own admissions authority. We work closely with the Diocesan Education Team and have benefited from financial support through a capital grant scheme for the extension to the front of school for example.

We also work closely with all the Newquay Church of England Clergy and are providing a temporary home for Newquay Methodist Church on Sundays as they wait for their new Church to be built.

We walk to St Michael's Church for Harvest, Christmas, annual Eucharist and Leavers' services. Revd Jane Kneebone from St Michael's Church is our chaplain and Revd Jem Thorold, they can be contacted through school about admissions, baptism, confirmation or pastoral support.
 

Our Christian ethos is about what we do and why we do it. Our ambition for the school is focused on the development of the whole child as well as achieving high academic standards. The Christian character and values of the school have a significant impact on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all learners.

As part of their studies, pupils investigate what is special about our town and our country and also explore what it means to be part of a multi-cultural modern British society. We teach the British values of equality, diversity, democracy and respect for all throughout our curriculum, alongside Christian values such as Friendship, Compassion, Creativity, Peace and Hope. Christian values are made explicit and are deeply embedded in the daily life of the school.

Worship is central to the life of the school and it takes place in a range of forms and settings. We work closely with St. Michael’s church to enable our children to experience traditional Anglican worship but also explore fresh expressions of worship, allowing pupils to be creative.

As a Church School, we try to live out our Christian beliefs in all that we do.