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Christian Distinctiveness

Our School Vision and Values

Kennington CE Academy is a Church of England 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.

‘Everyone who uses what he has will get more. He will have much more than he needs. But the one who does not use what he has will have everything taken away from him.’ Parable of the Talents. (Matthew 25:14- 30)

All children, staff and governors were involved in developing our Christian Vision and 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 the Parable of the Talents, 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 values are:

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

Through these values we promote the Church of England’s values linked to the Vision for Education:

  • Hope
  • Community
  • Dignity
  • Wisdom

You can find out more from the National Society website.

Christian Distinctiveness and Collective Worship Policy

Christian Distinctiveness Action Plan 2019 to 20

Christian Distinctiveness and Collective Worship Policy

Vision Narrative

At Kennington Church of England Academy, our Vision underpins everything we do. Like the Parable of the Talents, we believe everyone receives talents from God and it is our duty as a Christian community to help all individuals to realise and build on those talents, using them to help others. Our goal is for all to achieve, celebrate and succeed in all aspects of their life both now and in the future. We strive to ensure they have the building blocks for life so they can achieve all that God intended them to. We do this using our five Christian Values with the overarching value of respect.

Our journey starts with the understanding that everyone is important, unique in the way that God created them. We accept all as part of our community and embrace the challenges they may bring.

We believe that through God’s guidance within the Bible and Church scripture, all can become lifelong learners. This requires love and care which is to be given as well as received by all. To achieve, celebrate and succeed, we need to be able to give. Giving to others, our community and ourselves, follows the second golden rule to treat others as you would want to be treated. Giving enables us to consider the needs of others just as Jesus did, building a strong community whose members feel confident to ask and give support when needed. Once members feel they are part of the community where they feel valued and shown love and care, they then feel safe to try new challenges, to grow and flourish.

We support all in identifying their talents and the steps needed to build on them. In turn, we encourage them to use their talents to support others in all aspects of school life as well as out in the community. Thus creating a community of showing love and care, giving to others and the ability to accept that everyone is important and valued within our communities regardless of our differences. We believe that by doing this we are pleasing God by helping to bring the Kingdom of God to Earth. 

One main component of a strong community is forgiveness. As a community, we know that sometimes mistakes are made and that for us to move forward and succeed, we need to have the ability to ask for forgiveness and to be able to forgive.

The Parable of the Talents clearly reflects our Vision and Values. The Master shows that everyone is important by giving each servant talents. He shows love and care by encouraging them to use the talentswisely. Although the Master is disappointed, Jesus taught that we should forgive others seventy-seven times and that within God there is endless forgiveness.

Sharing and living by these values as a successful community allows us to build and strengthen our relationships, encompassing all. It allows us all to feel part of the whole community, as well as be the unique individuals that we are.

Parable of the Talents

(Matthew 25:14- 30)

 “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who was going to another place for a visit. Before he left, he talked with his servants. The man told them to take care of his things while he was gone.   He decided how much each servant would be able to care for. He gave one servant five bags of money. He gave another servant two bags of money. And he gave a third servant one bag of money. Then the man left.  The servant who got five bags went quickly to invest the money. The five bags of money earned five more.  It was the same with the servant who had two bags of money. He invested the money and earned two more.   But the servant who got one bag of money went out and dug a hole in the ground. Then he hid his master’s money in the hole.

 “After a long time the master came home. He asked the servants what they did with his money. The servant who got five bags of money brought five more bags to the master. The servant said, ‘Master, you trusted me to care for five bags of money. So I used your five bags to earn five more.’  The master answered, ‘You did well. You are a good servant who can be trusted. You did well with small things. So I will let you care for much greater things. Come and share my happiness with me.’

 “Then the servant who got two bags of money came to the master. The servant said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of money to care for. So I used your two bags to earn two more.’  The master answered, ‘You did well. You are a good servant who can be trusted. You did well with small things. So I will let you care for much greater things. Come and share my happiness with me.’

 “Then the servant who got one bag of money came to the master. The servant said, ‘Master, I knew that you were a hard man. So I was afraid. I went and hid your money in the ground. Here is the bag of money you gave me.’  

The master answered, ‘You are a bad and lazy servant! You should have put my money in the bank. Then, when I came home, I would get my money back with interest.’“So the master told his other servants, ‘Take the bag of money from that servant and give it to the servant who has ten bags of money.  Everyone who uses what he has will get more. He will have much more than he needs. But the one who does not use what he has will have everything taken away from him.’ 

Events

At Kennington we have many celebrations and events which reflect and embody our overt Christian 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 did in 2018 to 2019.

Christmas Market at St Mary’s Church.

This year children volunteered to give up some of their time on a Saturday to help run the children’s stalls at St Mary’s Church. It was a busy afternoon with a lot of visitors but we all had fun!

Thousand Hours Kindness Challenge:

On Thursday 19th September we had a visit from the Thousand Hours Team from Ashford Vineyard Church. They came in to challenge the children to see how many hours of kindness they could collect over the month of October. Each class will collect hours of kindness through activities within school, at home and around the community. At the end of the month, will total up our hours to see if we have beaten the challenge that we have been set. The children are ready and eager to get going!

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 led 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.

Kennington Academy Collective Worship information

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 Reflection Tree is located near the year 6 classrooms where children can leave prayers or respond to reflective questions. We also use the tree to display nominations from our termly award ceremonies and at present, our prayers from Prayer Afternoon.

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

D) We have our reflective outside space, within our garden and quiet area. We have a 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.

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.

Gardening

At the end of term 4, children and parents helped to clear and plant our calm area with seeds that were kindly donated to the school. It took some effort but we are now looking forward to having beautiful plants to look at as well as supporting our country’s insect and wildlife.

Godly Play Sessions

Godly Play is a reflective story session where stories from the Bible are shared using models. The children experience this each term in small groups or as a whole class and are then asked to reflect on the story and the learning they can take from it. How the children reflect is completely down to them and could take the form of writing their thoughts or drawing pictures, acting, making models etc. The stories we have told can link to our Christians Values or units of work in RE, such as The Prodigal Son, The Mustard Seed or The Creation Story.

SIAMS REPORTS

SIAMS InspectionThe 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 new SIAMS Evaluation Schedule came 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 and adults 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 

Kennington Church of England Academy had its last SIAMS Inspection in September 2017. We 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…’ 

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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 she is also one of our school governors. She also takes time out to sit with our Reflection 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. 

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

In 2018 to 2019 we have supported:

A non- uniform day for Genes for Jeans Day

Compassion UK

As part of our Christmas Fayre in 2018, the Worship Warriors raised money by selling cakes and running their own stalls. We are now sponsoring a little girl from El Salvador so that she can go to school and gain the education she deserves. We will raise money for her sponsorship each year so we can sponsor her until she finishes her education. Please contact the school if you would like to know more information about the little girl.

In term 3 we held a copper coin collection around the number 21 and a best dress non-uniform day for 21Together, a charity to support those with Downs Syndrome.