The Manor School is a Church of England School which has close links to St Michael's and all Angels Church. Recognizing its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles and practice of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church in the parish and diocese.
The Manor School's aim is to provide each child with the opportunity to achieve his or her potential regardless of economic and social background. We endeavour to do this by promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children. Working alongside parents and the community, we aim to prepare children for a happy and successful future, creating lifelong learners. We want every child to leave The Manor knowing they are amazing, loved, valued, wonderful and unique, because God made them that way.
We also teach children the personal qualities and characteristics that Jesus developed during his teaching. We encourage our children to be motivated, persistent, confident, resourceful, communicative and organized.
‘Anything is possible if a person believes’ Mark 9:23
Recognising its historic foundation, The Manor school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the church at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve the community by providing education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers all pupils.
As a Church of England Primary School we promote a Christian ethos and an understanding of the beliefs and traditions of the Christian faith as interpreted by the Church of England. Christian based assemblies are held every day and children are encouraged to develop a reflective spirituality. Prayers are said every day.
Our Governors Ethos committee meets three times a year to discuss the schools Christian values and character. We also have a pupils Ethos group called ‘Inspire’. This group meets termly to discuss the impact of our Christian Values.
'For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity. But of power, love and self-discipline' 2 Timothy 1:7
We consider it important that children are given strong moral and spiritual guidance as part of their education, so they are able to judge right from wrong and develop their own spirituality.
At The Manor School we believe that spiritual development is not necessarily religious but is a ‘concern to foster the growth of the human spirit’. We consider that spiritual development is about helping children to develop academically but more importantly personally so that they become well rounded and ready to take their place in society fulfilled, happy, spiritually aware and socially and emotionally engaged. We believe that spirituality is essential for personal happiness. No child is complete without spiritual engagement, be it through art, music, literature, nature etc.
'Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to be angry' James 1:19
Our Christian values are based on how God created each one of us to follow in his footsteps. The children’s faith is based on a belief that ‘you are amazing, loved, valued, wonderful and unique, because God made you that way’. In this simple format we can relate all Christian Values back to individuals based on the way God teaches Christian Character.
We teach the Christian values explicitly through our daily collective worship, using the publication ‘Roots and Fruits’ as a starting point. This is then extended into the classroom and in to daily life in school. In addition to ‘Roots and Shoots’ we hold weekly open the book assemblies and visit the Church for significant events.
‘Every weakness you have is an opportunity for God to show his strength in your life’ 2 Corinthians 12:9
On 9th October 2017, Year 5 participated in a Pilgrimage. The children were visited 5 different Churches in Melksham. This gave the children the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith, and to understand and appreciate the worship and organisation of the Christian traditions. Year 5 were surprised by the layout of each Church. They were eager to find out more information about each Church and asked various questions. Year 5 had to look for different items in each Church, think about how they felt as they entered each Church and had many questions to answer in relation to the Church’s practise and layout. Below are photos of Year 5 exploring the Churches.
Every year, St. Michael’s Church hosts an Angel Festival which is held at the Church. As a School we contribute to this festival by creating angel art. On 20th September 2017, we participated in a House Day in which the children created fantastic angel artwork to be displayed in the Church. Every House completed a different representation of angels, including stain glass windows and collages. The children all worked together well and the staff were impressed with the angel artwork produced. There is a display board in School which shows off some of the artwork from each House. Below are photos of the children creating their art.