Winsley Primary School is proud to be a Church School and works closely with both the Diocese of Salisbury and our local church (St Nicholas) for the greater good of our local community and further afield. Everyone is welcome in our school, regardless of whether you or your child have a faith or identify as being a Chrisitan or not. In our school we have multiple faiths and beliefs which are celebrated!
Vision & Values
The conviction at the heart of our vision is that all who are part of our school community formed around our vision will discover an education that embraces excellence and academic rigour within the wider framework of spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development and enables us all to flourish.
Our vision is to be an exceptional church school committed to investing in young lives. A school where staff and governors work in partnership with parents to provide a caring, stimulating environment rooted in Christian values; a school with high expectations where all are valued and nurtured as individuals because they are uniquely created and loved by God.
Collective Worship at Winsley CofE Primary School
Full guidance can be found here: Church of England sets out guidance for collective worship | The Church of England
As a school we work with our local vicar and other church members to plan and deliver acts of worship that are invitational, reflective and engaging. There is plenty of flexibility in the provision of collective worship to enable all pupils to benefit without compromising their beliefs.
Collective worship gives pupils and school staff the opportunity to:
- Engage in an act of community.
- Express praise and thanksgiving to God.
- Be still and reflect.
- Explore the big questions of life and respond to national events.
- Foster respect and deepen spiritual awareness.
- Reflect on the character of God and on the teachings of Christ.
- Affirm Christian values and attitudes.
- Share each other's joys and challenges.
- Celebrate special times in the Christian calendar.
Our collective worships are planned together with the children, Rev Tessa and our worshsip ambassadors.
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The Winsley Vision Narrative
Winsley Vision Narrative
‘Some seed fell on the good earth and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.’Matthew 13:8
This image, reminiscent of the parable of the sower, represents the vision of Winsley CofE Primary School.
A farm represents the school and local rural community while the Light of God shines in the form of the sun providing essential energy to allow all to grow and flourish.
The successive fields represent the children progressing from EYFS where the ploughed field provides a rich foundation followed by sown seeds, to the roots and shoots leading to corn growing strong, then sheaves of harvested corn finally being prepared to be taken by tractor-trailer from Year 6 to the next destination, which is secondary school. The journey of the harvest is accompanied by Jesus in the form of the canal that flows constantly alongside.
A hot-air balloon, tethered to a good ground, is occupied by the headteacher overseeing the school community, the governors providing a stabilising influence and the Diocese and the MAT partnership delivering security and direction. The three school values are represented by the three stripes of the balloon by which the whole school community is guided.
Various aspects of our educational journey are represented in the thorny bushes where we sometimes are stuck, the significant presence of St Nicholas Church, which offers inspiration and support, and a stone wall spanning all fields that indicate that we are stronger together.
Our vision is to ensure that everyone in our school community has the opportunity to flourish spiritually, academically, socially and morally inline with our school values of: Kindness, Courage and Wisdom.