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Outstanding Church of England School

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools report, February 2016


All Saints' is a Church of England School and its values are determined by its Christian ethos. It seeks to be distinctively Christian yet inclusive of people of all faiths and none. It is part of the family of Church Schools within the Diocese of Coventry and is supported by the Diocesan Board of Education. The school enjoys close links with All Saints' Church and visits the church for services and Federation assemblies with Emscote Infant School.

All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the National Society for Promoting Religious Education's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The framework sets out the expectations for the conduct of SIAMS and provides a process for evaluating the extent to which church schools are "distinctively and recognisably Christian institutions".

SIAMS focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of a church school has on the children and young people who attend it.  The principal objective of an inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school.


"The creative curriculum and other enrichment activities ensure that pupils grow spiritually, morally, socially and culturally."     SIAMS report 10th February 2016


Our recent inspection resulted in us once again being awarded the status of Outstanding. You can see the full inspection report here.



International Cross of Nails Schools


We were delighted to have been awarded ICONS status (the International Cross of Nails Schools status) awarded for our work on peace and reconciliation. You can find out more about this here.





Assembly Themes


Every half term we have a different 'Christian Value' theme for our assemblies. Children learn about this value during assemblies throughout the half term and displays relating to this theme can be found in the hall and in Areas of Reflection in the classrooms. Each half term we will send parents a copy of a 'Home School Value' sheet with ideas and activities to reinforce the theme.  The theme for the second half of the Spring term is Creativity (the relevant value sheet can be found here). A full list of the Values For Life Assembly Themes 2015 - 2018 can be found here.



Our Christian assembly theme for the summer term is 'Justice'





Our Christian assembly theme for the second half of the spring term has been 'Creativity'. On Thursday 22nd March, the whole school visited the church, completing three different activites 'exploring creativity within the church'. 


The children were encouraged to reflect on an art installation which is in All Saints' for the period of Lent.  It is called The Blue, the Dim and the Gold by local artist, Jake Lever. In another activity, the children had the opportunity to try on a rnage of beautiful vestments and look at wall hangings and finally, they spent time in the sanctuary looking at a range of artefacts used in church, some for special occasions, others for regular usage. 


The children were really engaged with all of the activities and came up with some very thoughtful responses - it was a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting day for all.


Click on the link below to see a short video of the visit.


All Saints Church - 22nd March 2018











On Thursday 26th April Year 4 visited the Sikh Gurdwara to find out more about Sikhism. In RE their topic focuses around the question: What it means to be a Sikh in Britain today? They had a really interesting time and learned loads! They thought the building was amazing - and huge! The people were very friendly and everyone had a drink and biscuit at the end.








Garden Of Reflection


In RE year 5 are exploring the Christian concept of Salvation. They have been doing different activities to help them understand the idea of 'sacrifice'.  Last week they each wrote something they had thought, said or done which was wrong on a piece of paper, this was similar to confessing a 'sin' - they kept this completely private . We then went into the garden of reflection and all took turns to burn our piece of paper in fire bucket. After this activity we discussed our thoughts and feelings - some children felt as if a weight had been lifted, others that it felt 'fresh', like making a new start as their 'sin' had gone for ever. This was a useful illustration of what Christians believe Jesus did by dying for people's sins on the cross.








In RE year 5 have been learning about the Christian concept of SalvationWhat did Jesus do to save human beings? They learnt about the 'Stations of the Cross' which depict events in the final few days of Jesus' life.


We used Drama to act out each of these events to help us fully grasp this important story. We will go on to explore why these events are so important to Christians.






Christingle Service


Our year 4 children were privileged to attend the Christingle Service at Coventry Cathedral.  We sang our song 'Hope of Heaven', and each child was given an orange and a candle to make our own Christingles back at school.


We discussed the meaning of Christingle, the candle, the cocktail sticks with sweets and the ribbon that is tied around the middle.




Year 6 Visit to Baithul Ehsan Mosque


On Thursday 16th November, Year 6 visited the Mosque in Leamington Spa. Our session, which was led by Mrs Attia Shams, allowed Year 6 to ask a variety of questions.  Also, Mrs Shams explained the meaning of Islam. During our visit, Year 6 were lucky enough to eat samosas and cupcakes- they were delicious!


The visit was very informative and we learnt something new. A big thank you to Mrs Shams  and her team for organising such an interesting morning.











Year 3 visit to Hindu Temple


On Wednesday 11th October, year 3 visited the Hindu Temple known as the Shree Krishna Mandir in Leamington Spa.  The children enjoyed looking at all the deities (gods) behind the big curtain and sketching some of them.







Whole School Prayer Day


On Thursday 25th May every class took part in a prayer day at All Saints' church.







Easter Service


As usual, children took part in an Easter Service at All Saints’ Church.  They all performed exceptionally well and were highly praised by Reverend  Diane and the parents who attended.








Year 3 Visit to Hindu Temple


Year 3 have been learning about Hinduism in RE. We have learnt about the biggest Hindu festival, Divali and how Rama and Sita are the main heroes of the story. It is a festival of light and Divali means row of lights. We made diva lamps out of clay, painted them and added sequins and varnish.





To help us understand more about how Hindus worship we visited the Shree Krishna Mandir (Temple) in Leamington. We had to take off our shoes and wash our hands. Mr Awesti gave us a talk about what happens at the temple. We were amazed at all the deities (gods) behind the big curtain and we enjoyed sketching some of them.






There is a bell which people ring when they arrive to worship.




Year 6 Visit to Sikh Gurdwara


In RE Year 6 have been learning about 'Worship' in Christianity and Sikhism so we planned a trip to the Sikh Gurdwara to find out more about how the Sikh community worship at their temple. Everyone was asked to cover their heads as a sign of respect and once inside we took off our shoes and washed our hands.




We made notes during a talk from one of the Sikh community members. Everyone who works there is a volunteer. We did some sketching in the big prayer room, while a group of women were performing worship, singing and reading.



Before we left they very kindly gave us all drinks and biscuits in the Langar (dining room) . They also gave us some books about how the Gurdwara was built. It is such an impressive building!





Salvation Army Visit


As part of our Religious Education topic we are exploring how different faith groups show care in the community.  On Friday 3rd March, Year 4 visited the Salvation Army in Leamington Spa where Major John led a presentation on the work of the Salvation Army. All the children designed a flag, tried on the uniforms and had a go on the cornet! The children asked very insightful questions and we all learnt so much about the good work of the Salvation Army.





At the end of the session the children brought forward their donations of toiletries which will be donated to the homeless mission.





Coventry Christingle And Cross


On Wednesday 7th December year 4 visited Coventry Cathedral to take part in their Christingle service, with our children performing the song Hope of Heaven. Afterwards, we walked around the cathedral then went into the ruins of the old cathedral. The children noticed the words Father Forgive on one of the walls, seeing the link between this and the cross of nails prayer we say together in school every Friday. 




Each classroom area of reflection now has an Advent display; some mark Christmas around the world, some have 'challenges' for children to think about, linked with our half-termly theme of Compassion. Many show the colour purple as an important church colour at this time of year. 










































Baptism and Confirmation


Year 6 went to All Saints' Church as part of their RE studies about the Christian ceremonies of baptism and confirmation. We re-enacted the baptism of two babies, Annabelle and Joseph. The children volunteered to act as parents and godparents. the vicar, Rev Diane Thompson, taught us all about the three main elements of baptism: water, light and the cross. After sketching some of the artefacts we enjoyed a baptism party of squash and biscuits.






Rules in Christianity and Buddhism


In RE year 5 have been learning about Rules in Christianity and Buddhism. To help them understand the five Buddhist precepts (rules) they visited the Forest Hermitage near Sherbourne. A Buddhist monk called Manapo taught them lots of interesting facts about Buddhism. The children tried a short, peacefull meditation and asked lots of insightful quesitons. After sketching artefacts in the Shrine Room they enjoyed a stroll through the beautiful gardens looking at the statues.








Coventry Cathedral Visit


Year 6 visited Coventry Cathedral in April. In the morning they contemplated the theme of reconciliation they found as they looked around the cathedral, while in the afternoon they completed artwork inspired by the art they found that was linked to the theme of peace.









Easter Service


Every class took part in the Easter church service, presenting the Easter story through six scenes and songs.






Caring For Others


Year 4 learnt about "The Salvation Army: Then and Now" on their visit to the Leamington Corps, as part of their RE topic on Caring for Others. Many children donated men's toiletries to their Way Ahead homeless project. They enjoyed trying on the uniform, sketching items of interest, asking questions and playing some brass instruments.









Christmas Church Service


All the children were involved in leading the Christmas Church Service. Their reading, acting and singing were fantastic and the service was enjoyed by all the children and their families.




Harvest Festival


We were pleased to welcome so many parents, grandparents and friends to celebrate our Harvest Service with us in October. The worship at all of our church services is led by the children, with each year group leading a different section of the service. Thanks to everyone for their harvest donations which were gratefully received by the Warwick and Leamington Foodbank, the Salvation Army’s Way Ahead Project and Helping Hands. The three charities are co-ordinating their harvest collections to make sure your donations get to people and families that most need them in the local area this autumn.




New Garden of Reflection

As part of our work on Christian Distinctiveness each classroom has developed its own "Area of Reflection". This interactive space reflects our half-termly Christian assembly themes and is used for class assemblies and for children to reflect on at any other stage. These areas have been so successful we were keen to develop an outside space to extend this approach. Thanks to funding from All Saints' Church and the King Henry VIII Endowed Trust we were able to take advantage of an opportunity presented by the recent building work to create a fully enclosed courtyard Garden of Reflection. The children have been enjoying using this calm, reflective space for quiet reading, for peaceful sitting and for group or class work.




These photos show a year 4 class holding their class assembly on Hope. "Hopes" were planted around the garden then planted into a mini-garden which will be positioned inside their classroom in their Area of Reflection.  





Faith Day


For our Faith Day in 2015 all children were learning about symbols used by different world Faiths. Each child created a piece of A5 artwork for display in school, and some designs were recreated on cobbles which now surround the water feature in our new Garden of Reflection.











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