St Paul’s and All Hallows’ is in the LDBS Academies Trust together with other local CoE schools and we work well together to share good practice. The priest has always been able to be involved with decision making in the school by being a member of The Local Academy Committee, the board that replaced our governing body when we joined the Academy Trust.
The schools are graded good by OFSTED. The Infant’s has an excellent grade for SIAMs and the Junior’s has a good grade for SIAMs. All the reports talk about our strong Christian ethos, our positive relationship with the church and how well we care for our pupils and support our families. The school has a special relationship with St Paul’s but is also involved with a few other local churches. We have supported several special services at the church including Harvest and Christingle out of school hours, but also Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Ascension, End of Term services and School Leavers services during the school day when all the pupils enjoy visiting and worshipping in the church.
Our Vicar takes a weekly worship assembly with both the Infant and Junior Schools where pupils are very much involved with the prayers and the readings.
The pupils at the school traditionally see the priest as a member of the school community and are always pleased to see him (as it has been in the past) visiting their RE session, coming for lunch and also out and about in the local area.
Classes regularly visit the church as part of their RE syllabus to explore and discuss aspects of the Christian faith and its symbols; this has included the nursery children acting out a marriage, junior pupils studying the Stations of the Cross but also many other areas of the LDBS RE curriculum.