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Shipham Church of England First School

Christian Distinctiveness

'They will soar on wings like eagles' Isaiah 40:31


At Shipham Church of England First School we believe children live up to their potential if they are happy, have fun, feel nurtured and grow from a foundation of strong Christian Values.


We value spirituality and the holistic development of the child. Our role as educators is to guide the children in our care along the path of life. As children grow in their understanding of spirituality and values they become secure enough to make mistakes and therefore move on with their spiritual learning and academic growth. We are a highly inclusive school and welcome all faiths, cultures and children from any background. 


Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:


  • beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s feelings and values
  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including the intangible
  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • willingness to reflect on their experiences.


Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:


  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives
  • understanding of the consequences of their actions
  • interest in investigating, and offering reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues.


Pupils’ social development is shown by their:


  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels.


Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:


  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage
  • willingness to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, understanding of, and respect for cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.