Head of Spiritual and Social Education
Walkwood Church of England Middle School, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 5AQ
This job expired on 15 December 2021
Expected start date
25 April 2022
15 December 2021 at 9am
1 December 2021
About Walkwood Church of England Middle School
- School type
- Academy, Church of England, ages 9 to 13
- Education phase
- View all Middlejobs
- School size
- 641 pupils enrolled
- Age range
- 9 to 13
- Ofsted report
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- Contact email
- Contact phone number
- 01527 543361
Principles and purpose
At Walkwood Church of England Middle School we:
• Hold each child as precious
• Support the development of good character
• Seek for the best rates of academic progress
• Engender care, happiness & love
At Walkwood Church of England Middle School our purpose continues to be for pupils to:
• develop a deep desire to learn, engaging with the roots of the learning process;
• cultivate values that will shape their living both within and without the school;
• experience awe and wonder, and consider both spiritual and human dimensions.
Borrowing an adage from St. Irenaeus: “The glory of God is a human being fully alive!”
Vision and Values
The school has been an established Christian community for an extended period, being welcoming and friendly, with pupils who are expected to behave and be eager to learn. Those pupils who find this a challenge are fully supported through highly functioning classroom practitioners and well-developed pastoral support.
‘Love to Learn; Learn to Live; Live to Love’
Our aim is that all children attending the school will become life-long learners who are curious about the world around them and are creative in their exploits while caring for others and themselves. We seek to enable our pupils to make informed choices, becoming increasingly independent and playing their part in the community. We offer pupils a spiritual dimension that is distinctively Christian, and honours other faiths and those people who profess no faith.
We aim to inspire every child – whatever their abilities – to achieve their very best, and make a valuable contribution to the Walkwood community. We want our pupils to love to learn.
Our school is not just about knowledge, it is also about skills. It’s about inspiring children to look at the world differently, and about challenging them to be fascinated by lessons and subjects. In this way, we encourage our pupils to learn to live, preparing them for an adult life in a changing world, and as such we seek to equip our children for the future. Our ‘Learning Superheroes’ allow teachers to hone pupils’ learning skills. We want pupils to excel in school…and in later life.
As a Church of England school, we are fully inclusive of all faiths and beliefs. While Christian principles underpin all of the school’s values, we know that these morals are shared by many faiths. We look for our pupils to take into their lives beyond our school an outlook that allows then to live to love the experiences, people and spirituality that they encounter.
Our core values are expressed in the Fruits of Faith, which are ten values that have their roots in Christian tradition. However, we believe that devotees of other faiths, or those who express no faith commitment, are able to agree upon the definitions and implementation of these values within a shared community. These fruits are used as part of worship, and are also within lessons.
Our Christian ethos, embedded in all aspects of school life, ensures that every child will know what it is to be cared for and valued. All pupils receive the very best education and an equal opportunity to learn and achieve academically, socially and spiritually. We know that enthusiastic, happy, confident children are most likely to persevere and work to the best of their ability. We aim to build upon this and foster a love of learning in all children. Our Fruits of Faith and Superhero Thinking Skills form a firm foundation to school life where children are encouraged to develop independent learning skills, be thoughtful and take responsibility for their actions.
We set high aspirations for all our pupils, both academically and socially, as well as allowing pupils to consider the spiritual dimension. Therefore, we have high expectations. Christian values lie at the heart of our work and we aim to provide a broad, rich, stimulating education to develop a thirst for learning in all children. We aim to challenge all our children to raise their standards and support them in that challenge, encouraging them to become reflective, resilient learners. Firm and fair discipline, based upon Christian values, is vital in creating an environment in which all children can flourish. We aim to make every child feel positive about their learning and achievements and our role as staff in school is to care, encourage and listen as well as to teach.
Our Fruits of Faith were developed as a Christian expression of the nature of the school, but also to define the characteristics of an interconnected community. These values are part of teachers’ planning, as well as part of decision making by the Senior Leadership Team and Governors. We wish for our pupils to be aware of their role in the wider world, open their eyes to the diversity within it, celebrating the richness of human experience and the potential of divine expression.
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