Homefield is proud to be a Church of England school and our distinctive Christian character is celebrated through our Collective Worship programme, our close links with St. Nicholas' Church, Bradwell and the Diocese of Norwich.
Vision Caption: Together, we are a family that cares for, values and encourages all.
Our chosen values are clearly defined by the children, staff, governors and parents and are inherent in all we say and do (values that are key to our school, for instance: Friendship: we work and play together respectfully and peacefully resolving differences restoratively with forgiveness and reconciliation at the forefront of our minds.) Through this we nurture children, provide a strong moral background in a secure, safe and loving environment whilst raising aspirations in our family community in order that every child goes on to reach their full potential in life. In our community we truly value every individual and what they have to offer. The following quotes emphasise our ethos of family and friendship and are inherent in our policies and culture.
1 John 4:21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
Psalm 133:1 - Oh, how wonderful, how pleasing it is when God’s people all come together as one. (A song for David for going up to the Temple)
All stakeholders have an understanding of how the school promotes Christian values. We respect and value our pupils' voices and they, like all other stakeholders have open opportunities to raise concerns and suggest possible improvements. Our Governors ensure that the school continues to uphold, promote and celebrate its Christian distinctiveness. Governors visit to lead, support, participate and monitor Collective Worship and how Religious Education is taught within the school.
The Church has a strong and interested representation on the Governing Body. St. Nicholas' Church welcomes the school to many events throughout the year. For example, the Big Sing, Family Carol Concert and Harvest. The School works alongside the Norwich Diocese and Schools Support Officer towards the common goal of being a proactive Christian influence in our community.
The school staff encourage and promote parental attendance at and participation in our Christian celebrations both at school and at Church, such as the Family Carol Concert, class collective worship, Nativity productions and Senior Citizens' Lunch to name but a few.
The RE Lead and Headteacher regularly access training from the Diocese of Norwich and future Church school leaders are recognised and developed. The RE Lead has been working closely with SACRE. Other senior leaders have attended training in order to ensure we continue to value all God's children.
Through the use of murals, displays, thought provoking posters etc., our Christian values and distinctiveness are evident and respected.
As a Church of England School, we want our children to have the opportunity to learn to worship and to grow in their understanding of God and of themselves. Collective worship in our school is not simply a statutory duty. We believe that we are all made in the image of God and that worship should form an integral part of our lives. (Please see our Collective Worship Timetable and Policy below)
We believe that at its heart collective worship should provide an opportunity for pupils and staff to come together to learn, reflect, pray, sing, share and communicate their feelings with one another and to God.
Collective Worship is led by pupils, staff, clergy, Governors and other church members. The latter have been into share ‘Open the book’ stories with us.
The use of displays such as posters with thought provoking statements from famous people, bible quotes and creative work displaying our studies from RE highlights other ways we promote our Christian distinctiveness. Children have referred to what they have absorbed from these displays during discussions with members of staff.
At Homefield, we have a school prayer written by the pupils, which summarises well what we wish to ask God for each and every day.
Our School Prayer:
Please watch over our school and keep us safe and well.
Help us to be the best that we can be,
and make today, a bright and beautiful day, with smiles all around.
In addition to this, we create prayer and reflection spaces for the stakeholders around the premises to enable them to take a moment out of their busy lives to develop spiritually. Pupils are able to write their own reflective statements and add them to our Prayer Tree or Post-It Prayer Wall. Pupils are invited to share in prayers before lunch is received and this is undertaken either through song or through a more formal style.