Through our core school values of ‘Compassion, Peace and Service’, a key element of our work is our commitment to build and develop links with our local community, enabling very strong community cohesion, and instilling in our children:
- A clear understanding of how they fit into their local community and
- How they can make a difference to others around them.
We currently have a very strong links with our local church, St Mary’s Church, Adderbury.
During the year:
- Reverend Fletcher leads whole school assemblies every two weeks in school;
- We regularly take part in services at St. Mary’s Church, with children helping to organise and lead the services;
- Members of the community help lead assemblies, and share bible stories with the children through our ‘Rainbow Stories’ programme, sharing Bible Stories;
- We host termly Communion Services in school, worshipping with members of the community;
- Our youngest children particulate in Little Angels once a month at St. Mary’s Church;
- We actively participate in events organised by the Church such as Harvest Festival, Christmas Tree Festival and Easter Experience.
Our local community support officer “Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team” offer us advice and support and often visit the school to lead assemblies raising awareness of safety issues, such as ‘stranger danger’. They, in addition to other locals such as doctors, dentists and even the fire brigade, all come in to school to talk to the children about their role in the community.
Happy Harvest Tea
On an annual basis, we organise a ‘Happy Harvest Tea’ in school, where we welcome members of the community into school for afternoon tea and Harvest performances. Year 6 children organise and lead this event and it serves as a vehicle for forging closer links between the children in school and the local community.
We actively seek to join in in community events throughout the year, helping to foster positive links with our local community.
- Children join with the community for Remembrance Day Service at St. Mary’s Church
- We lead a Christmas Concert at St. Mary’s Church for parents, relatives and members of the local community.
- Children work in school with members of the Children’s Society to make Christingles for the annual service at St. Mary’s Church
- Children link with the Adderbury Library, designing artwork for display on a variety of themes during the year.
- We have supported Adderbury Food Market through designing the market logo and promoting the events through school newsletter
- We also publicise Adderbury Lakes working parties, Adderbury Running Club and theatrical events in the village through school newsletter.
- We are currently forging links with the Adderbury Scouts group, to extend the opportunities available for this group through the use of school premises and equipment.
We strongly believe that these kinds of opportunity offer a wealth of experience and opportunity to our pupils within school and help bring our local community closer.
Members of the local community are welcomed into school as volunteers, subject to the necessary safeguarding checks and induction procedures, and take on a variety of roles from hearing readers to running extra-curricular clubs such as the Netball club and the schools running club.
We endeavour to utilise the local area when planning visits for our children. We regularly visit Adderbury Library, Adderbury Methodist Church and Adderbury Lakes. In addition, we seek opportunities for our children to work with local businesses, for example children from Year 5 visited the Bloor Homes housing development site.
Within school, curriculum topics focus on local history and children’s learning has been supported a local resident who came into school and gave a village talk.
As a school, we liaise with other local partnership schools in a number of ways. Our Partnership ‘Challenge and Enrichment’ group organise a wide range of activities for our children to participate in, working with children from our partnership primary and secondary schools. Activities range from Classics, Design Technology, Gliding and Sailing, Science, Higher Level Thinking Skills and Art for example. These activities are all designed to enhance the learning experiences that our children have and also to help our children work together with others to stretch and challenge them.
In addition to these enrichment activities, our sports teams are becoming increasingly successful in inter-school competitions, including swimming, football and cross country.
Our school is also developing links with our local public schools. We are working with sports coaches from Bloxham School, further improving the quality of teaching and learning and broadening opportunities for our older children. We are also working with Tudor Hall School, to develop a reading programme in school, with Year 10 children working to help support our children with their learning.
We are always very keen to build and extend our community links further and welcome opportunities for our children to link up with members of the community. If you believe you can help and support us develop our community links further then please do not hesitate to contact the school office to arrange a convenient time to meet up to discuss linked pathways.
Our Schools Community Links Ambassador is Mrs Liz Calvert
Please contact her via the school office if you would like to support our children in school with their work.