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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.




Collective Worship


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?




School values

Visible signs of Christianity around the school (wallboards in corridors and classrooms)
Twitter feed

Buddy System

British Values

Newspaper articles (SIAMS file)


Needs of Learners through Christian character

Inclusion policy
Equality Team

Pupil premium rationale

Grace (lunch) and prayer (collective worship) every day

RE policy

Behaviour policy

Anti-bullying policy (children)

Anti-bullying policy (staff)

Dignity and respect policy

Equal opportunity policy

SEND policy

Race equality policy

LGBT policy

Equality and diversity policy

Link with PSHE

Recycle Easter

Easter Egg competition

Church colouring competition

Queen’s anniversary celebrations

Christian ethos in our polices, attitude and general approach to teaching and learning

Litter pickers-Looking after our world

Churches Together (light festival)

Reredos project

First visit to Muslim prayer house

Curriculum (agreed syllabus plus multi faith enrichment, mosque trip, Indian experience, Christening)



Impact of Collective Worship on School Community

Daily act of collective worship with a predominantly Christian feel

Year Group Assemblies (candle/Christian)

Alvey Blessing

Collective Worship (theology)

School Council

An example of our theology in practice

Collective worship policy

Can I say a prayer at bedtime?


Example scripts

CW regularly delivered by Father Philip/Reverend Rhona

Children’s involvement (from Harvest to PTA Competition)


Remembrance Day

Nativity (Reception and Year 5)

School Carol Service

Liturgical colours in assembly and flag outside

Lords’ prayer ‘competition’

Town Carol Service (Choirs)

Christmas market and Christingle

William Alvey Day

St Denys’ Day and Harvest

Bluey Harvest Festival (St Denys’)

School Harvest

Confirmation classes

Use of Church calendar to mark the school year

Bishop’s letter and board

Bible challenges

Every day-we pray (link with Sleaford prayer topics)

Explanation/context for world news (disaster/charity/global dimension)

Not just in school…

Autumn 1 themes

Autumn 2 themes


Leadership and Management of our Church School

Prayer spaces

Prayer walk

Link with St Denys’ through Father Philip (Explorers Church, Bulletin etc)

‘Church News’ in school newsletter

Regular visits to St Denys’ (Year 1/3)

Year 4 Church Schools’ Festival (St Denys’)

Year 6 Church Schools’ Festival (Lincoln Cathedral)

Weekly visits from Mrs Risdell (Bishop’s Visitor)

Class prayer books

Link with Church: ‘When in Sleaford’ and ‘Project 71’

Link with Diocese (courses/information/publications)

Link with other Church Schools (Rauceby/National/Welton/Our Lady)

Contribution to Parish magazine

Bible challenges

Classics (interpreting first hand Christian writings)

SM input from Father Philip

Regular involvement in other Town/Civic Services (Ruben ordination/Father Philip ordination/African Celebration/Lights Out/Town Band)

Lincoln Cathedral Carol Service (Anna R)

Clergy meet and greet at school gate

Class bible (bible audit)

Curate’s Corner in newsletters (101 onwards)

Book of Remembrance

ARE Nov 17

Exit Survey (Y6)

Join in

SDP Winter Term 17-18

FGB minutes (Governor Zone-website)

Year 5 Residential-York Minster

Lincoln Cathedral Art project


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