A Church of England School

St Thomas a Becket is a Church of England (Aided) Primary School.

That is:

‘A community school with a distinctive religious Christian character.’

Following are just a few examples of what that means in our school.

It means our ethos and learning are linked to Christianity, Jesus’ teachings and the Bible.

While all schools have Golden Rules in our Church of England School these are linked to the Bible.

Many schools have themes for Worship again ours are linked to the Bible.

Prayer is an important part of the school day.

All staff lead and teach as Christians.

An ‘Aided’ school means it is aided by the Local Authority but is owned by the trustees, on behalf of the Diocese of Salisbury.

A few technical details:

Governing Body

Church (foundation) governors have an absolute majority over all other governors. A proportion of foundation governors are also parents. A chair is elect by all governors.
The parish priest is an ex officio member of the governing body.

Teaching Staff

Appointed and employed by the governors, paid by the LA. Governors must seek evidence of Christian commitment from applications for teaching posts

Buildings

New building and repairs are the responsibility of the governors who must contribute 10% (from the school budget) towards costs.

Religious Education

Governors have chosen to base this on the LA syllabus, which reflects
Anglican traditions