Voluntary (Aided) School
Our Christian Mission Statement
Our school and our Christian values will enable children to exceed their potential by educating the whole child and recognising everybody’s God given talents. We will pinpoint exactly what children learn and set appropriately challenging tasks. Collaboratively we will create happy, resilient, inquisitive and independent life-long learners by providing children with the education they deserve.
We are proud to be a Church (Aided) School. We see our values of community, friendship, happiness, forgiveness, perseverance and creativity at the heart of everything we do. Worship revolves around a termly value and the children are taught how these values can be interpreted and used in our everyday lives. Our local Church is St Nicholas in Ash and we have strong links with the Church. Reverend David Moulden leads weekly worship and we visit the Church throughout the year as well as for special services such as; Harvest, Carol Service, Easter Service and our year 6 leavers. Our children attend the SNICS group on alternate Wednesdays and enjoy this link with the Church. Our RE governor, appointed by the Archdeacon, is Bill Vennart.
A brief history of the Church
St Nicholas at Ash was probably built around 1190 AD on the site of an early Saxon building. It was altered in the 14th century, and the central tower was added in the 15th century. The highly visible tower and steeple were once used as navigation aids. They now house a ring of 10 bells. There is a collection of medieval monumental effigies inside, and amongst the brasses there is one to Jane Kerriel (c 1455) which reveals a unique horse-shoe head-dress.
Our House Teams
To link in with our Christian values and ethos, the school council have recently developed four new house teams. They are:
St Catherine of Alexandria - purple (patron Saint of creativity/craftsmen/educators)
St John the Apostle - green (patron Saint of frienship, love and loyalty)
St Thomas Beckett - blue (local Saint that links us with Canterbury Cathedral)
St Nicholas - red (name of our local Church and patron Saint of children)
Children are awarded house points for displaying any of our school Christian values.
The next service will take place on Sunday 14th of January at our usual time of 3pm to 5pm.