Menu
Home Page

Kennington CE Academy

Achieve Celebrate Succeed

This week at Kennington CE Academy: Monday 5th November – children in years 3, 4 and 5 will be having their flu vaccination. Tuesday 6th November – Whole school reading day Wednesday 7th November - Walk in Wednesday from 3:15pm until 3:45pm. Thursday 8th November – 2:15pm-3:15pm – Senior Leadership Team surgery.

Christian Distinctiveness

Our School Values

Kennington CE Academy is a church school. We are an inclusive community where Christian Vision and Values empower us. We work with pride and passion to create life-long learners who fulfil their potential as God intended. If we work together, we will be the very best that we can be; achieving, celebrating and succeeding whilst having fun.

All of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. (1 Peter 3:8)

 

All children, staff and governors were involved in developing our Christian Values.

It is these values that form the foundations of our Christian Vision at Kennington CE Academy and underpin everything we do.

Each value is explicitly Christian and linked to Jesus, His example and His teachings, in the form of parable, to make it memorable.

We celebrate them during our daily worship and explore them in all areas of our curriculum.

Most importantly, we carry them out in everything we do and they are embedded in all our policies.

Our Christian Values are overarched with the main value of Respect.

Our other values are:

  • Love and Care
  • Giving
  • Forgiveness
  • Everyone is Important
  • Using your Talents

We are also including the Church of England's core values that they have introduced last year:

  • Hope
  • Community
  • Dignity
  • Wisdom

You can find out more by following the link to the National Society website at:

http://www.christianvalues4schools.co.uk/

 

Events

 

At Kennington we have many celebrations and events which reflect and embody our overt Chriristian character.

Many of them follow the Anglican calender and others are key events where the children and adults reflect on aspects of their life and identity, their place in our community or society or ways in whch they can affect others' lives. Below are just a flavour of what we have done this year so far.

 

Harvest Festival:

On Monday 24th September we held our annual Harvest Festival service. The children were all asked to bring in food items to support the local food bank. The parents and children were incredibly generous. Reverend Eve Lanchantin and members from year 5 and 6 lead us in worship where the children spent time reflecting on all they have, praying for those who were less fortunate than themselves and thanking God for the gifts He gives us.

John Lewis Visit:

On Friday 2nd November a representative from John Lewis came to worship to present us with a cheque for £462. Their customers had voted for our school to receive the donation at their local shop. We look forward to finding ways to spend it to support our children.

Picture 1

Remembrance Sunday 11th November

On Sunday the Remembrance Service was held in our school hall. Our Worship Warriors and Choir led the congregation in our service and sang beautifully. They helped us to remember all the people that had given their lives to enable us to live the lives we want. To remind us that they may be gone but never forgotten.

 

Collective Worship

 

 

We also welcome visitors from the community or St Mary’s Church to run Collective Worship.

Family worship for each class happens once a year within the termly theme and happens in the morning from 9-9.20am.

Our planning for Collective Worship links closely to the Church of England calendar so important dates such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter celebrations are planned with members from St Mary’s Church.

 

 

 

Picture 1 Worship Warriors lead Mondays' Celebration Worship
Picture 2 Reverend Ravi from Wye leads worship
Picture 3 Mrs Bell leads Prayer and Praise on Fridays.

The children have learnt Makaton for the Lord's Prayer and a range of signs and actions to accompany our hymns. Different children volunteer each week to lead the children in the actions as part of our Prayer and Praise Worship.

Worship Warriors

 

The Worship Warriors are ambassadors for our Christian Vision and Values and leading of Collective Worship.

This year we have an amazing 17 Worship Warriors.

Some of their responsibilities are:

  • Be ambassadors for our school by living out our school values and Bible verse.
  • Spot other children demonstrating our school values and Bible verse.
  • Plan and lead different aspects of Collective Worship.
  • Encourage others to use and add to our school and class reflection areas.
  • Coolect pupil voice following on from Collective Worship and discuss their findings with the Christian Distinctiveness Leader.
  • Talk to visitors about our Christians Vision and Values and share all the good work we do as a school.
  • Set up their own lunch club with a guest speaker of Reverend Eve.
  • Support school events to raise money for charities.

 

 

 

Reflection areas

Classrooms

Each classroom has a Prayer corner or reflection area, which are changed and added to regularly following worship. They are a place where the children can come and ponder, reflect and pray.

The areas have one of our Christian Values as its focal point and will include Bible verses, reflective questions, other artefacts and pictures to engage the children in thought and prayer.

They usually follow the same theme as Collective Worship to enable the children to deepen their understanding and thoughts behind each Christian message.

 

Whole school prayer areas

As a school we felt it was important to have different prayer points for the whole school community to engage with. Currently we have our

A) Prayer and Reflection Area in the entrance hall which both adults and children can contribute prayers to over the term. It follows a theme for the term and is used to celebrate Christian festivals or special dates throughout the year such as Harvest, Remembrance Day and Advent. 

B) Our prayer tree located near the year 3 classrooms where children can leave prayers or respond to reflective questions.

C) Collective Worship board in the hall so children are able to look at it and the reflective questions during Collective Worship or other times they are in the hall.

D) We now have our reflective outside space, near our garden and quiet area. We have a brand new seating area which has key reflective questions or images to stimulate our children into deepening their views. The table has a labyrinth on it and our Worship Warriors have been trained in how to use it to help others to use it during their reflection.

 

These areas have a huge impact on the children’s spiritual lives, we hope to develop children’s relationship with God when they write their prayers and to deepen their understanding and reflective thinking through our reflective questions.

Our beautiful prayer corners

Our beautiful prayer corners 1
Our beautiful prayer corners 2
Our beautiful prayer corners 3
Our beautiful prayer corners 4
Our beautiful prayer corners 5
Our beautiful prayer corners 6
Our beautiful prayer corners 7
Our beautiful prayer corners 8
Our beautiful prayer corners 9
Our beautiful prayer corners 10

SIAMS Inspection

 

The SIAMS process has been devised by the National Society to standardise inspection practices and judgements in all Church of England and Methodist Schools and to meet the requirements of Section 48 of the Education Act 2005

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)

SIAMS/S48 judges the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Church of England school and aims to help schools improve as church schools

The main focus is in the outcomes, i.e. the impact of provision rather than the provision itself

There are four key questions:

  • How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
  • What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
  • How effective is the religious education?
  • How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school

Kennington Church of England Academy had its last SIAMS Inspection in September 2017. We have received an overall grading of good, with clear, small steps to be outstanding in the future and in the words of the inspector 'Behaviour, wellbeing and achievement have improved rapidly...'  

 

The new SIAMS Evaluation Schedule comes into operation in September 2018.

SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school's Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish.  

The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: how effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?

This is explored through seven strands:

  • Vision and Leadership
  • Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
  • Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
  • Community and Living Well Together
  • Dignity and Respect
  • The impact of collective worship
  • The effectiveness of religious education 

The Church

 

As a Church School we aim to work extremely closely with our parish of St Mary’s and the clergy, who are involved in our worship and governance and are a resource for religious education and pastoral care.

The Reverend Eve Lanchantin is the team vicar in charge at St Mary's church. She joins us in school to lead worship each term, and Reverend Eve is also one of our school governors. She also takes time out to sit with our Refelction Club and discuss thought-provoking questions such as 'Does God have parents?'  

Our classes at Kennington CE Academy visit St Mary's church as part of our special reflection days, such as Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Leaver's Service,  and during our RE teaching about Christianity. We are currently arranging an art exhibition to run at St Mary's to show our Christian Vision and Values.

 

St Mary's Church, Kennington.

 

Reverend Eve is always happy to chat with any child, member of staff or parent should they find that helpful, offering spiritual, emotional or pastoral support. The church website is here: http://kennington.ashfordchurches.co.uk/

 

Charities

 

So far this year we have supported:

A non- uniform day for Genes for Jeans Day

 

A non- uniform day and cake sale for Macmillan's.

 

 

 

We donated our old laptops to:

Top