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As a Church of England school, Charter Academy recognises that faith and spiritual development is a very important part of life as our students grow into responsible members of society. This development goes far beyond the classroom and can be found in many areas at Charter Academy (listed below).
Charter Academy is a Church of England School. Church schools are recognised for their distinctive Christian ethos and the impact this has on standards and all round education. Once a Church School has had their Ofsted inspection, they will receive a SIAS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools) inspection. The SIAS inspection focuses on how distinctive and effective the school is as a Church school. Inspectors will record whether or not the school meets the relevant statutory requirements, for collective worship and RE as well as a strong Christian ethos. As with Ofsted the main judgments will be rated on the scale one to four (1-4), as Outstanding, Good, Satisfactory or Inadequate.
In July 2012 Charter had a SIAS inspection. The inspection was carried out by Portsmouth CofE diocese. The diocese awarded Charter with a solid Good with elements of outstanding. The diocese gave targets for the school to further improve. You can read the SIAS report by clicking on the link.
Religious Education (RE) is certainly a great place for our students to start this journey of faith; but why does Charter Academy think that RE is so important? Please read on to find out:
The Importance of RE
'Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions and other world views that offer answers to questions such as these. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances pupils’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures’. 'Religious education encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses’. 'Religious education encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community’. 'Religious education has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice’. (The non-statutory framework for RE in England). In addition to the two hours of RE all students receive every week,
Charter Academy is undergoing exciting improvements which are aimed at further developing the social, moral, spiritual and cultural lives of our students. Now existing at Charter Academy is a group of staff who meet weekly, the group is called ‘FISCH’ which stands for, ‘Faith in School’. We felt that this name was appropriate as even though we are a Church of England school, we are also very respectful of all other faiths and we wanted our name to reflect this.
Collective worship –
Charter also holds a whole school collective worship for staff and students who have a very thought provoking and inspiring assembly, lead by our great links to the Church. The dates for the next collective worship are:
Chaplain- We are delighted to announce that Charter Academy now has a Chaplain. We welcome Reverend Rona Stuart-Bourne who is available every Monday for staff and students.
Academy Church - We now are fortunate to have the use of the school church for weekly assemblies, which creates a great atmosphere for the students and staff.
Prayer Meeting – Once a week a small (but growing) prayer group of staff and students meet and pray for the academy, our students and staff (as well as any other intentions we receive throughout the week).
Prayer Wall – The RE department are lucky to have hundreds of prayers that have been written by the students for the academy. A select few have been displayed on our Prayer Wall display, other remaining prayers have been painted onto the walls in one of our main corridors in between our academic progress posters, this is to symbolise that both academic and spiritual/religious development are intertwined and complement each other well.
Student-written prayer for the school – Our student council have now selected the ‘best’ student prayer, which is now the official Academy prayer – used in assemblies, collective worship, displayed in all classrooms and published on our Charter Academy Twitter page.
Eucharist Service- Charter Academy is very fortunate to offer a weekly Eucharist service which is open for both staff and students. The Eucharist is held in the library from 7:45- 8:00 am. The Eucharist is held by Rev Rona Stuart-Bourne and Rev Alex Hughes (Chair of Governors) on alternative weeks.
Youth work – Breakfast Club, Friday ‘explore’ sessions – Youth workers from Kings Church are present in the Academy at breakfast club as well as in the Library at lunch time on Friday where the ‘Explore’ workshops are run, allowing students to ask any questions they may have about faith.
Thoughts for the week, tutor booklets and assemblies – The Academy benefits from 'Thought for the Weeks' which encourages staff and students to reflect upon both in assemblies and throughout the week in general. Tutor booklets focus on these thoughts and can be used to start discussions within tutor time. (See the link to the booklet below).
Spring term tutor booklet 2013
Bible VersePsalm 23:6
ScriptureSurely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Brief‘Good’ days do not fall on you by chance, nor by accident. You need to declare that everyday is going to be a great day, in spite of what it is going to look like. You need to start claiming that you have God’s favour on you, every single day, for the rest of your life!
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