North Elmham Church of England VA Primary School aims to inspire everyone to flourish, grow and learn in a safe and spiritually rich environment, we are proud to be part of Flourish Federation and the wider family of church schools belonging to the Diocese of Norwich. As a Church school we are at the heart of our community and we are committed to serving our parishes and also welcoming children and families from further afield into our community.
Our dedicated team of staff and governors are committed to ensuring the best possible educational experience for every child in our care, regardless of whether they come from a Christian background, a different religious background or a background of no religion at all. At North Elmham, we provide ‘good soil’ for all children to grow in God’s love, so they can truly flourish as the unique and precious individuals they are meant to be.
What does being a church school mean to us?
- Aspiring towards a distinctly Christian vision, which is rooted in the teachings of the Bible
- Seeking to instill the Christian values of COMPASSION, FRIENDSHIP, PERSEVERANCE, FORGIVENESS, RESPONSIBILITY and TRUST within ourselves and others
- Providing a highly inclusive setting, which warmly welcomes children and families from all backgrounds
- Shaping our key policies and strategic spending decisions in the light of our vision
- Utilising our school, and its position in the community, as a vehicle to serve and help others, especially those in great need
- Upholding Collective Worship as the heartbeat of our schools each and every day
- Reminding all who enter or pass by that we are a church school through the Christian symbols evident in our school environment
- Building time for reflection and mindfulness into the school timetable every day, to foster good mental and spiritual health and time to just ‘be’ in our busy modern world
- Forging strong links with our local church, St Mary, and the wider parish and village community
- Teaching of at least 1 hour of RE per week in each of our classes
- Ensuring RE lessons are broadly Christian in nature but also provide sound coverage of the five other major world religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism
- Encouraging children to think about ‘big questions’ in life and to move further along the path of their spiritual journey, whatever their starting point
- Nurturing a sense of awe and wonder in our natural world through weekly outdoor learning sessions such as Forest School
- Using the sense of wonder in all creation to take positive steps to safeguard our natural world in all its beauty
- Making excellent use of our links with the diocese, in providing training and development opportunities for staff and unique and memorable experiences for children