As a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School, our approach is based on Christian values. The Reverend Geoff Daw visits our school every week to lead an assembly and we visit St. Pancras Church in Kingston four times a year for special festival services including Harvest and Easter, as well as to develop work in RE. We also create a Nativity tableau at Christmas, with the very young children in costume and the whole school singing.
Our religious education covers all the major faiths and we encourage visitors from Christian and other faith communities to join our assemblies during the year. We believe the broader and richer the assemblies, the better. The school is an integral part of the village community, with local residents contributing to the life of the school as support staff and governors. Every year, the children perform and organise teas for grandparents and older people from the village and sing to community members at the local Garden Centre at Christmas. Our May Fair and Bonfire Night, organised by the PTFA (Parents, Teachers and Friends Association), are popular with children, parents and members of the wider local community.
The community inhabited by our children is, of course, a global one and we foster links with communities across the world. As a school we support two children, a girl in Bolivia and a boy in Bangladesh, through an organisation called Plan UK and we regularly take part in fund-raising activities to ensure that the children's awareness is maintained. We are actively seeking opportunities to develop links with other communities in the UK and beyond to develop our children's understanding of the diversity of cultures and communities that exist.
As a Church of England voluntary controlled school we are regularly inspected by Diocese of Chichester under the Section 48 of the Education Act 2005
Our last inspection was in March 2015 and we achieved a rating of Satisfactory in all areas of the inspection.
Iford and Kingston Primary School is a very caring, well-organised school which makes excellent provision to meet the needs of all its learners overall. It is very effective as a church school in many ways: very good relationships within the school community are characterised by Christian care and concern for others; learners from all groups feel valued and special and opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural education are very good. A varied, exciting and stimulating environment contributes significantly to the pupils' spiritual development. Pupils' and parents' views of the school are carefully considered and acted upon accordingly.
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