Schools Working Together
We work extremely closely with Weydon, our neighbouring Secondary School and they have supported our curriculum using their specialist teachers. Our Year 5 children take part in an annual dance festival and are taught by Weydon staff. Other year groups have the opportunity to be taught by the secondary PE staff.
We also work very closely with all our nursery feeder schools to ensure that we give our new pupils a smooth transition. Our EYFS staff visit each nursery to observe and meet the children. They are also briefed by the nursery staff on all vital information.
St Peter's is part of the Farnham Schools' Confederation, a partnership of 18 schools in the Farnham area. The schools range from Infant to Secondary and Special Educational Needs. The aim of the confederation is to work together in identifying opportunities for shared learning, provide innovative training across the schools, develop focus groups and networks and share expertise, facilities and resources. Currently we have several network groups that are continually developed to make sure they meet the needs of the schools and the staff involved.
We also support our local teacher training schools by offering placements to students aiming to enter the profession.
School and Church coming together
The whole school visits St Peter’s Church on four occasions a year to celebrate:
- St Peter’s Day
There are also other times during the year when children visit the church to support their RE learning. For some children, this will be their first experience of visiting a church and they are taught to visit with an enquiring mind while respecting the traditions of the Church.
Each year, the school takes a Pause Day when the normal curriculum ‘pauses’ to focus on an aspect of the Christian faith. This is a day when parishioners come in to support the creative and reflective learning that takes place.
Another time of celebration is the Christmas Carol Service where families and friends are invited to join the school in praise. There are times in the year, when a class will support one of the Sunday services. Likewise, the community comes together regularly to hold their Sunday service in the school hall. These are very much family focused services which reach out to a very wide congregation.
For further information please see: www.cofewrecclesham.org.uk