Inspired by Christ - Reaching Out to All - Being the Best We Can Be
As Christ the Sower offered his love freely and for all, so at All Saints’ we seek to nurture Christ’s love and his image in all of our children. Working in partnership with each student, their families and carers, we pledge to help them grow into happy, confident, and independent young people, whose enquiring minds will flourish in the world, seek after the truth, and serve others.
At All Saints’, we use Jesus’ loving word to inspire children to care for each other and God’s creation. Our community of Christians, those of other faiths and those of none identify with the parable as a message of love. The parable gives us hope for a better future should we choose to act.
Jesus, like a loving sower, works tirelessly to help others follow a nurtured path to the benefit of all. We believe that God’s work is to be lived through caring endeavour which is determined to make a healthier, more caring world.
In the parable of the Sower, Jesus offered his love freely and without prejudice. This is reflected in an admissions policy which seeks to include rather than discriminate. All Saints’ has a range of ethnicities, religious beliefs, individual needs and varied social advantage. We are proud of all our children and reach out to all.
Children are individuals and provision always reflect need. Children are challenged to achieve their full potential including the most able. Children have modified timetables, access to a range of support and thrive in diverse and often surprising ways. Children with Special Educational Need are exceptionally well cared for and demonstrate outstanding progress. Equal opportunity at All Saints’ does not mean ‘the same’; provision is based on helping children flourish in God’s changing world. All children are helped to be the best they can be regardless of social, financial or academic advantage.
Difference is made through action. The Sower works tirelessly to spread His message and provide wisdom to all. Children at All Saints’ are encouraged to engage with issues that affect our school, community and planet. Children are ready to make a difference. Our ‘global curriculum’ is broad, balanced and challenging. Children are encouraged to reflect on things that need to improve and are challenged to act. From improving behaviour at playtime to fighting climate change, children believe they can make a difference. Jesus wasn’t passive to the problems of the world and neither are we.
When the UN published the charter on a sustainable future, it was meant to be acted upon. As the Sower tends His seeds, our children care for His world. The Parable of the Sower is a call to action for us all. Regardless of faith, our children are determined to be the best they can be and make a positive difference. Each half term, every class chooses one of the UN sustainable goals and leads work that has an impact. Examples of our work include a total ban on single use plastic bottles to reduce non-biodegradable waste, growing our own food and supporting charities which seek to end poverty.
A sense of growth and personal development is described in the Parable of the Sower but Jesus guides rather than dictates what we do in life. The children at All Saints’ reflect this sense of personal accountability and are guided to take responsibility for their own learning. To encourage progress, there is a relentless focus on effort rather than achievement. Children are encouraged to take risks and understand that to fail is simply a ‘First Attempt In Learning’. Children report on their improvements and targets to their parents and each other while our marking policy ensures that feedback is both timely and makes a difference. ‘Assessment for Learning’ is exemplified in our teaching policies and underpins academic, spiritual and personal development.
The Sower seeks to nurture and help us grow; our growth mindset seeks to empower. We are all inspired by Jesus’ message.
The Parable of the Sower means many things to many people. At All Saints’ it speaks to the staff, children, Governors and community with a message of love, growth and as a call to action.