William Alvey: A Church School
We are a busy but friendly school, with lots going on. We are also a Church school and are very keen to ensure that the children understand what being a Christian means, in this way we hope the children can make an informed choice about the way they lead their lives. At our heart we have the belief that all children are revered and respected as a member of our community where all are known and loved by God, we believe all pupils are individually unique and that every child in our care should fulfil their potential in all aspects of their person hood: physically, academically, socially, morally and spiritually. Our aim is that all may flourish and have an abundant life. At William Alvey we feel we have a duty to try to remove any factor that might represent a hindrance to a child’s fulfilment. We want all pupils to willingly engage in learning in a safe and welcoming environment.
We know that modern life and the development of technology brings many new opportunities for our children to develop their talents in and out of school. We also know that this can sometimes mean the Church is being pushed out of our children's lives. At the William Alvey we do our best to promote a Christian ethos but also try and link it to modern day living.
A daily act of collective worship is a very important aspect of school life at William Alvey. Before COVID:
Monday: Whole School
Tuesday: Celebration of Good Work
Wednesday: Choral Worship
Thursday: Year Group Assembly
Friday: Whole School
A candle and a cross also forms an integral part of every act of collective worship which ends with a prayer. We have close links with our parish church, St. Denys' in Sleaford.. Church Ministers take assemblies, participate in classroom teaching and regularly visit the school. The children are familiar with our church through end of term services, festivals and carol services as well as using the church as part of their studies in R.E. and History. They also take part in church events, and services. Arrangements for the act of Collective Worship and for Religious Education are made by the school in accordance with the requirements of the 1944 Education Act and the Education Reform Act 1988.
Our Bishop's Visitor
Mrs Risdell became our Bishop's Visitor in September 2013. She has helped us strengthen the link between us and our parish church. Mrs Risdell has also established a much closer link between our school and the Diocese of Lincoln.
Mrs Risdell is in school every Monday afternoon and regularly takes interested children on the prayer walk.
Three times a year, she reads the Bishop's letter either in Church or during the last assembly of term. We then display the letters on our special wallboard.
What makes us a Church School?
Newspaper articles (SIAMS file)
Needs of Learners through Christian character
Grace (lunch) and prayer (collective worship) every day
Impact of Collective Worship on School Community
Year Group Assemblies (candle/Christian)
Explanation/context for world news (disaster/charity/global dimension)
Leadership and Management of our Church School
Weekly visits from Mrs Risdell (Bishop’s Visitor)
Link with Diocese (courses/information/publications)
Link with other Church Schools (Rauceby/National/Welton/Our Lady)
Lincoln Cathedral Carol Service (Anna R)
Class bible (bible audit)
Curate’s Corner in newsletters (101 onwards)
Book of Remembrance
Year 5 Residential-York Minster