' Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be BRAVE, be strong, do all your work in love.' Corinthians 16:13-14
Moreton Morrell School has always maintained close ties with the Church of the Holy Cross, from its founding in 1874 as a Voluntary Aided Church School through to its current status as a Foundation School with a religious character. We use the bible passage above in the classroom as the children are taught to be BRAVE with their learning. The children understand that to be effective learners they need to be Bold, Resilient, Aspirational, Versatile and Enlightened.
The children have regular opportunities to visit the church and they actively lead special school services in church throughout the year including– Harvest Festival, Christmas Carols, Easter and Leavers Service. Reverend Lynda Lilley became our parish vicar in December 2020 and has led us spiritually in weekly Collective Worship sessions during lockdown, ensuring that the children have time for reflection and are able to ask questions. In Religious Education lessons we often use the church as a resource for learning. The children are encouraged to ask questions about the Bible or find out about the parts of the church building. Together with the staff at school, Reverend Lynda has supported the children’s learning about Christianity and actively encourages pupils to have opportunities to look beyond themselves, to ask ‘big questions’ and think globally about life and to develop an understanding of disadvantage, deprivation and the exploitation of the natural world.
Prior to lockdown, the pupils held a whole school Art Exhibition in church to commemorate Armistice. The pupils invited residents of Galanos House, a residential care home for those who had served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces to the exhibition, where the pupils served them with afternoon tea. The pupils had the opportunity to engage in a cross generational event that promoted tolerance, understanding and empathy.
As a Church School we have a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) Inspection every five years. The principle objective of the inspection is to evaluate the following key question: 'How effective is the school's distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?'
This question is explored through the following seven strands:
1. Vision and Leadership
2. Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
3. Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
4. Community and Living Well Together
5. Dignity and Respect
6. The Impact of Collective Worship
7. The effectiveness of Religious Education
Below is a link to the school's last SIAMS report (February 2017) Our school was judged to be OUTSTANDING in accordance to the previous inspection schedule.
Religious Education- An Entitlement Document