I was impressed by the sense of the whole school community worshipping together. The confidence shown by the children in opening worship with well established routines showed it to be invitational and welcoming. The signing further stressed the importance of inclusivity. The content of the worship and the children's leading and involvement in speaking and writing prayers, was spot on. The singing was powerful and sent shivers down my back!! Worship is clearly having an impact on both children and adults attending worship.
Associate Advisor for Bath and Wells Diocese
I thought your school was delightful and your leadership impressive. As I said at the time, the worship we saw was exemplary, particularly in the use of ritual and the engagement of pupils was stunning. The eco-theme was great as well - if the children's enthusiasm has the impact it should, the world will be changed and your light will really shine!
The Director of Education for the Methodist
I was invited to attend the termly Star Celebration Service at which a child from each Year Group is presented with a trophy to celebrate their progress and achievement across the term – this can be in any area of development, one or many. One child from across the school is also chosen to be awarded the Paddington Bear – this is for exhibiting the qualities of kindness, care and compassion to others.
It was indeed a deeply spiritual and moving worship, beginning with a celebration of the Trinity as the candles were lit to signify the school’s values. The children then received their award from the head teacher, watched by their delighted family (up to 6 guests each). Following songs and prayers the children then met up with their family again to have special family photos taken with their award and then they shared refreshments with them.
I met several families who all expressed their joy at the occasion and also spoke about how positive they felt about the school.
One family talked about what a lot the school had done for their son, who had special needs. He had moved to St Marks just 2 years ago and had blossomed in an environment where he had been welcomed and was now very much a part of his class. They were overjoyed that he had received an award for the effort he had put in to get on at school.
Bath & Wells Mat Trustee