Sowing the Seeds for a Flourishing Future
The Church of England has always been concerned with education in many forms and the history of Church schools began when the National Society for the Promotion of Education was founded in 1811. The aim has always been to educate children to help them flourish regardless of their background or starting point, with a deeply Christian vision to provide an education that enables 'life in all its fullness'. Church of England schools are for children of all faiths and none.
Englefield C of E (Voluntary Aided) Primary School was originally built in 1863 for the children of workers on the Englefield Estate; it became a church school in the 1950s. The school expanded in the late 1960s to take in the children from the neighbouring parishes of Tidmarsh and Sulham.
As a Church School, our Christian values influence all that we do. Our values are used as themes for our collective worship cycle, they are incorporated by staff throughout the curriculum and are used by both staff and pupils when resolving situations or overcoming difficulties.
The Governors and staff work closely with the Oxford Diocese Board of Education to ensure we provide a rich and stimulating curriculum alongside engaging, purposeful and meaningful collective worship.
We have a thriving local church, St Mark's, with which we have very close links; Reverend Nick Wynne-Jones regularly visits us to lead acts of worship and to work with children and staff. We have regular services at the church and many of our pupils enjoy singing at some of the church's own services. We also have regular visits from Reverend Heather Parbury who is rector of Pangbourne, Tidmarsh and Sulham.
We are proud to be a Church school and believe that this enables us to produce the caring, nurturing, stimulating and forward-thinking environment which gives our pupils such a positive start on their educational journey.
We provide a daily act of worship which is always based on one of our values or around a Christian festival. The worship is led by a member of staff, a group of pupils or a visitor, such as one of the local clergy.
We have a worship group who work with the Headteacher to develop our collective worship to ensure it is interactive, stimulating and meaningful for our pupils.