Our School Vision and Values
Kennington CE Academy is a Church of England school. We are an inclusive community where Christian Vision and Values empower us. We work with pride and passion to create life-long learners who fulfil their potential as God intended. If we work together, we will be the very best that we can be; achieving, celebrating and succeeding whilst having fun.
‘Everyone who uses what he has will get more. He will have much more than he needs. But the one who does not use what he has will have everything taken away from him.’ Parable of the Talents. (Matthew 25:14- 30)
All children, staff and governors were involved in developing our Christian Vision and Values.
It is these values that form the foundations of our Christian Vision at Kennington CE Academy and underpin everything we do.
Each value is explicitly Christian and linked to Jesus, His example and His teachings, in the form of the Parable of the Talents, to make it memorable.
We celebrate them during our daily worship and explore them in all areas of our curriculum.
Most importantly, we carry them out in everything we do and they are embedded in all our policies.
Our Christian Values are overarched with the main value of Respect.
Our values are:
- Love and Care
- Everyone is Important
- Using your Talents
Through these values we promote the Church of England’s values linked to the Vision for Education:
You can find out more by following the link to the National Society website at:
Vision and Values documents
At Kennington we have many celebrations and events which reflect and embody our overt Christian character.
Many of them follow the Anglican calender and others are key events where the children and adults reflect on aspects of their life and identity, their place in our community or society or ways in whch they can affect others’ lives. Below are just a flavour of what we did in 2018 to 2019.
Thousand Hours Kindness Challenge:
On Thursday 19th September we had a visit from the Thousand Hours Team from Ashford Vineyard Church. They came in to challenge the children to see how many hours of kindness they could collect over the month of October. Each class will collect hours of kindness through activities within school, at home and around the community. At the end of the month, will total up our hours to see if we have beaten the challenge that we have been set. The children are ready and eager to get going!
On Monday 24th September we held our annual Harvest Festival service. The children were all asked to bring in food items to support the local food bank. The parents and children were incredibly generous. Reverend Eve Lanchantin and members from year 5 and 6 led us in worship where the children spent time reflecting on all they have, praying for those who were less fortunate than themselves and thanking God for the gifts He gives us.
Events from 2018 to 2019
John Lewis Visit:
On Friday 2nd November a representative from John Lewis came to worship to present us with a cheque for £462. Their customers had voted for our school to receive the donation at their local shop. We look forward to finding ways to spend it to support our children.
Remembrance Sunday 11th November
On Sunday the Remembrance Service was held in our school hall. Our Worship Warriors and Choir led the congregation in our service and sang beautifully. They helped us to remember all the people that had given their lives to enable us to live the lives we want. To remind us that they may be gone but never forgotten.
Our Christmas Fayre ran on Friday 30th November.We had an amazing turn out with members from the WI, St Mary’s Church, external stall holders as well as running our own stalls as part of the PTFA or the Worship Warriors. We worked hard to get it ready in time and the effort really paid off! We raised £1,444 in total with £231 raised by the Worship Warriors that will go towards our Christmas Charity- Compassion UK.
Thank you to all those that helped in any way!
We held an art exhibition at St Mary’s Church. Each year group looked at how they could show one of our Christian Values through art. Ten pieces were picked from across the year group and put on display at the church on Wednesday 5th December.
We held our Christmas Service on Thursday 13th December at St Mary’s Church. Reverend Eve and the Worship Warriors helped us to celebrate by reading the Christmas passages from the Bible and talking about what Christmas means to each of us. The carols were sang beautifully and some children played the xylophone to accompany the year 3 Christingle song. We sang Away in a Manger using Makaton. Each year group concluded our service by sharing a prayer they had written. Reverend Eve gave the final blessing and left us full of Christmas Spirit.
Celebrating Our Talents.
Following a recent children’s questionnaire, the children thought we should celebrate those each term who worked hard to achieve or improve on the focus Christian Value. In term 3 we focused on Using Our Talents and so we decided that at the end of the term we would hold our own awards ceremony to celebrate those children that had been nominated by their teachers or class mates. There were so many wonderful reasons for children to nominate each other that covered both academic achievement, friendship skills and sporting achievements. It was lovely to read them all and some classes had to have more than one winner for this term due to so many nominations. The children came dressed in their best clothes for the day as part of our fundraising activity and received their awards and a small prize at the front of Collective Worship.
Showing Love and Care Awards
In term 5 we focused on Love and Care for our awards ceremony. Each child nominated someone, either adult or child, as the person who they thought had really shown love and care to others this term. It was lovely to read the reasons children were being nominated by others. Each class received two winners this term due to the number of nominations. There were so many staff members nominated as well that I couldn’t award them all. The children received their awards and a small prize at the front of Collective Worship. One child in year 5 summed it up in his nomination- he wanted to nominate the whole school. His reasons were simple- we work together to help others. A lovely thought to end the term!
Everyone is Important Celebrations
In term 6, we focused on our value of understanding that Everyone is Important. The nominations this term were for the people around school who had gone out of their way every term to be happy, kind, caring and were generally a positive influence on everyone in their class and around school. As always there were so many to pick from. They received their awards in our last celebration worship of the year.
In term 6 we took part in a prayer afternoon as a whole school. The children rotated between the classes in their year group and were able to take part in 6 different prayer activities. Each activity fitted well with our theme for the term of Everyone Is Important.
They used lego and world maps to think about others around the world and ask God His help for them.
They thought about how they could help others and used dissolving tablets in water to think about forgiveness.
They used videos and Bible references to think about the amazing things in this world and what they would like to thank God for.
We also welcome visitors from the community or St Mary’s Church to run Collective Worship.
Family worship for each class happens once a year within the termly theme and happens in the morning from 9-9.20am.
Our planning for Collective Worship links closely to the Church of England calendar so important dates such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter celebrations are planned with members from St Mary’s Church.
The children have learnt Makaton for the Lord’s Prayer and a range of signs and actions to accompany our hymns. Different children volunteer each week to lead the children in the actions as part of our Prayer and Praise Worship.
2018 to 2019 Worship Warriors
The Worship Warriors are ambassadors for our Christian Vision and Values and lead Collective Worship.
This year we will have an amazing 18 Worship Warriors. Six of the children will be responsible for supporting and leading worship each day. The remaining twelve children will be based in the classrooms and help develop classroom based worship.
Some of their responsibilities:
- Be ambassadors for our school by living out our school Vision and Values and Bible verse.
- Spot other children demonstrating our school Vision and Values and Bible verse.
- Plan and lead different aspects of Collective Worship, including worship at St Mary’s Church.
- Encourage others to use and add to our school and class reflection areas.
- Collect pupil voice following on from Collective Worship and discuss their findings with the Christian Distinctiveness Leader.
- Talk to visitors about our Christians Vision and Values and share all the good work we do as a school.
- Set up their own lunch club with a guest speaker of Reverend Eve.
- Support school events to raise money for charities.
Each classroom has a Prayer corner or reflection area, which are changed and added to regularly following worship. They are a place where the children can come and ponder, reflect and pray.
The areas have one of our Christian Values as its focal point and will include Bible verses, reflective questions, other artefacts and pictures to engage the children in thought and prayer.
They usually follow the same theme as Collective Worship to enable the children to deepen their understanding and thoughts behind each Christian message.
Whole school prayer areas
As a school we felt it was important to have different prayer points for the whole school community to engage with. Currently we have our:
A) Prayer and Reflection Area in the entrance hall which both adults and children can contribute prayers to over the term. It follows a theme for the term and is used to celebrate Christian festivals or special dates throughout the year such as Harvest, Remembrance Day and Advent.
B) Our Reflection Tree is located near the year 6 classrooms where children can leave prayers or respond to reflective questions. We also use the tree to display nominations from our termly award ceremonies and at present, our prayers from Prayer Afternoon.
C) Collective Worship board in the hall. Children are able to look at it and the reflective questions during Collective Worship or other times they are in the hall.
D) We have our reflective outside space, within our garden and quiet area. We have a seating area which has key reflective questions or images to stimulate our children into deepening their views. The table has a labyrinth on it and our Worship Warriors have been trained in how to use it to help others.
These areas have a huge impact on the children’s spiritual lives. We hope to develop children’s relationship with God when they write their prayers and to deepen their understanding and reflective thinking through our reflective questions.
At the end of term 4, children and parents helped to clear and plant our calm area with seeds that were kindly donated to the school. It took some effort but we are now looking forward to having beautiful plants to look at as well as supporting our country’s insect and wildlife.
Godly Play Sessions
Godly Play is a reflective story session where stories from the Bible are shared using models. The children experience this each term in small groups or as a whole class and are then asked to reflect on the story and the learning they can take from it. How the children reflect is completely down to them and could take the form of writing their thoughts or drawing pictures, acting, making models etc. The stories we have told can link to our Christians Values or units of work in RE, such as The Prodigal Son, The Mustard Seed or The Creation Story.
SIAMS InspectionThe SIAMS process has been devised by the National Society to standardise inspection practices and judgements in all Church of England and Methodist Schools and to meet the requirements of Section 48 of the Education Act 2005
SIAMS/S48 judges the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Church of England school and aims to help schools improve as church schools
The new SIAMS Evaluation Schedule came into operation in September 2018.
SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school’s Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils and adults to flourish.
The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: how effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?
This is explored through seven strands:
- Vision and Leadership
- Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
- Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
- Community and Living Well Together
- Dignity and Respect
- The impact of Collective Worship
- The effectiveness of Religious Education
Kennington Church of England Academy had its last SIAMS Inspection in September 2017. We received an overall grading of good, with clear, small steps to be outstanding in the future and in the words of the inspector ‘Behaviour, wellbeing and achievement have improved rapidly…’
As a Church School we aim to work extremely closely with our parish of St Mary’s and the clergy, who are involved in our worship and governance and are a resource for religious education and pastoral care.
The Reverend Eve Lanchantin is the team vicar in charge at St Mary’s Church. She joins us in school to lead worship each term, and she is also one of our school governors. She also takes time out to sit with our Reflection Club and discuss thought-provoking questions such as ‘Does God have parents?’
Our classes at Kennington CE Academy visit St Mary’s Church as part of our special reflection days, such as Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Leaver’s Service, and during our RE teaching about Christianity.
Reverend Eve is always happy to chat with any child, member of staff or parent should they find that helpful, offering spiritual, emotional or pastoral support. The church website is here: http://kennington.ashfordchurches.co.uk/
In 2018 to 2019 we have supported:
A non- uniform day for Genes for Jeans Day
As part of our Christmas Fayre, the Worship Warriors raised money by selling cakes and running their own stalls. We are now sponsoring a little girl from El Salvador so that she can go to school and gain the education she deserves. We will raise money for her sponsorship each year so we can sponsor her until she finishes her education. Please contact the school if you would like to know more information about the little girl.
In term 3 we held a copper coin collection around the number 21 and a best dress non-uniform day for 21Together, a charity to support those with Downs Syndrome.