Our Christian Distinctiveness
'The daily life of Bridge and Patrixbourne School is firmly embedded in the Christian values of wisdom, trust, forgiveness, thankfulness, friendship and compassion. The high quality and caring relationships between adults and pupils and between pupils is characterised by mutual respect and the highest standards of behaviour throughout the school day.'
Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools October 2017
All Church of England schools are inspected regularly under the Statutory Inspections of Anglican and Methodist Schools. Our last inspection was in October 2017, where we were graded outstanding in all areas.The areas assessed and judgements were:
- The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners
- The impact of collective worship on the school community is outstanding
- The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school is outstanding
Our strengths in the last inspection were:
- Christian values of wisdom, trust, forgiveness, thankfulness, friendship and compassion are firmly embedded in the daily life of the school. This impacts positively on respectful, caring and kindly relationships between all members of the school community.
- The school provides a wide range of opportunities for pupils to develop their spirituality that includes the development of thinking skills, a variety of trips, music and art work, as well as charitable giving. This contributes significantly to a happy and purposeful learning environment.
- Inspirational collective worship enables all pupils to take part and explicitly supports pupils' religious, spiritual and moral development. This, in turn, motivates pupils to write their own prayers that reflect a depth of spirituality.
For a more detailed view of our school please download the report at the bottom of this page.
What being a Church School means to us
We are a Church of England Primary School which is led and managed using our overarching Christian values which are lived out in the way that we learn and behave towards one another; we have strong links to the church and are held accountable to the Church of England for the effect that our Christian ethos and Christian values have on the children who attend our school. Our distinctively Christian values are ' Wisdom, Trust, Friendship, Thankfulness, Forgiveness and Compassion. '
Part of being a church school is developed through school governance, where we have two Foundation Governors. The elements of Christianity underpin all we do for everyone connected to the school: parents, staff, governors, not just the children.
In addition, we have strong links with St Peter’s Church in Bridge where the children attend a service at the end of every term. Our collective worship also develops our values and ethos as do all our policies and practices. Collective Worship in school is led by different members of the teaching staff, which gives the children variety and different view points; collective worship themes are based on the Diocesan and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning themes with emphasis on important events during the Christian calendar. A member of the clergy also leads collective worship in school on a weekly basis.
As a school we celebrate our Church status and the teaching of Religious Education! As you walk around our the school it is really clear that RE and the Church ethos is a central theme across all aspects of the school. Please click on the link to see some of our RE and Collective Worship displays or look at the headteacher Facebook page.
Our School Values link to Bible stories and school life
When we feel true compassion, we will be moved inwardly. Having empathy; to have one's heart reach out toward the needs of others. To be compassionate, to pity; to be kindhearted. It means to be tenderhearted; to be sensitive and affectionate, to be moved with tender feelings over the pain and sufferings of others.
Jesus Christ is the greatest example of someone with true compassion. Not only did Jesus have compassion and heal people from physical suffering, he also showed the greatest compassion for mankind when died on the cross for our sins.
Jesus heals the paralysed man Mark 2:1-12
While Jesus was staying at a house in Capernaum, a group of men tried to bring a paralyzed man to Jesus so that Jesus would heal him. But, there was a large crowd inside and outside of the house, so the men had to find a creative way to get the paralyzed man to Jesus. The men succeeded and Jesus miraculously healed the man.
Parable of the Unforgiving Servant Matthew 18 v21-22
“Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.’”
Jesus instructs us to forgive others over and over again just like he does for us. He clearly teaches his disciples in this story that they are to forgive “seventy seven times” or over and over again. Just like his forgiveness doesn’t run out, neither should our own. Use this story to share with your child that we should forgive others just as he forgives us. Jesus provided the way and the model for humility and forgiveness. His example is one we can follow daily because parents, siblings, teachers, friends and loved ones will make mistakes that affect us.
Spend time helping your child also understand that when they make mistakes that affect others, it is important to humbly ask for forgiveness. We are not responsible for someone else’s willingness or ability to forgive but we can be at peace knowing we recognized our mistake and asked their forgiveness.
The Good Samaritan - Luke 10 v25-37
Today, we call someone who helps another, a Good Samaritan. This is because they are helping someone even at their own expense. Actually being a Good Samaritan is helping someone that might not necessarily be a best friend and praying for someone that may be difficult to befriend. The truth is that we can all be good Samaritans rather than be someone that doesn’t care for anyone but themselves.
Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers Luke 17 v12-19
God deserves our thankfulness and we should tell him we are thankful. These ten men came before Jesus with the hope of healing. All of them walked away cleansed but only one turned back to praise God and thank Jesus for his healing. Jesus makes it a point to call out the other nine to show the importance of our gratitude. Use this story to share with your child that God is faithful to provide our needs as well as extra blessings. He deserves to hear our thanksgiving often through praise and prayer. Consider making it a daily activity at the dinner table or while driving in the car to list 3 things for which they are thankful. Regularly expressing our thanks to the Father is one of our best weapons against all of life's battles.
Trust is an essential value. Children need to know they can depend on adults to care for them and supply their basic needs. Trust is fundamental to their development into healthy human beings. When children can trust others, they develop a positive attitude toward life and have less need to be in control to make things turn out right.
David and Goliath: (1 Samuel 16 and 17)
Saul the king wasn't trusting in God to help him; he didn't know what to do to beat Goliath. Then this young boy named David came and he knew in one day exactly what to do, and trusted that God would help him.
The world is full of so much noise that makes it hard to know what’s right anymore. Passionate people on all sides of the table have countless opportunities to share their beliefs through books, blogs, television shows and church pulpits. All of the loud chatter often leads to confusion. We need to rise above the noise and dig deep inside ourselves to find answers for this complicated life we are living.
As a Church of England school we must also teach children that there is a wealth of wisdom to be found in the Bible.
The Wise and Foolish Builder (Matthew 7:24-27)
Wisdom is listening to what Jesus says and then doing it. In this teaching, Jesus tells his followers that a wise man builds his house on the rock or a strong foundation. There are many places in the Bible where Jesus is called this rock, the foundation of our faith. When people walk in relationship with Jesus he will guide them in knowledge and understanding to build their lives on the strong foundation of his wisdom. Use this story to encourage children to be always listening to Jesus and to those he has put as trusted leaders in their lives. When people follow Jesus and his ways, they walk in wisdom and point others to his truth.