A model of excellence is more likely to occur where all members of the school family are committed to the same aims.

If we subscribe to these values then it must affect what goes on in the school. We want the children and parents to know us by our actions and not just by our words.

The Coombes Community

The Coombes Church of England Primary School works closely with the local churches. Each week one of the team from the Arborfield and Barkham Churches work with the children on an aspect of the Christian faith. The children are given the opportunity to pray and reflect on the message.

What makes a good Church School

A good learning environment includes:

  • A deliberate attempt to link the gospel of Christ with the daily life of the school;
  • An atmosphere of encouragement, acceptance and respect;
  • A sensitivity to individual needs where children's self-esteem and confidence grow and where they feel able to make mistakes without fear of criticism;
  • Partnership between adults and children;
  • Sensitivity towards the beliefs, hopes and fears of parents;
  • Providing stepping stones to and from the community;
  • A curriculum that combines academic rigour with fun, sensitivity and prayerfulness.

A good Church School will offer the pupils the opportunity to:

  • Reflect on the importance of a system of personal belief;
  • Recognise the place a Christian faith has in the lives of people;
  • Develop a sense of wonder, awe, curiosity and mystery;
  • Understand the difference between right and wrong and the consequences of their actions for themselves and others;
  • Be creative, questioning and imaginative within a broad Christian framework that recognizes the importance of experience, personal values and respect for the beliefs of others;
  • Recognize, respect and celebrate cultural diversity.

The school delivers the RE Curriculum through a scheme of work called Discovery RE. In this scheme Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given new treatment each year, so developing the learning in a progressive way. Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also covered.


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