Faith in school
As a Church of England school, Charter Academy recognises that faith and spiritual development is a very important part of life as our students grow into responsible members of society. This development goes far beyond the classroom and can be found in many areas at Charter Academy.
Charter Academy is a Church of England School. Church schools are recognised for their distinctive Christian ethos and the impact this has on standards and all round education. Once a Church School has had their Ofsted inspection, they will receive a SIAS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools) inspection. The SIAS inspection focuses on how distinctive and effective the school is as a Church school. Inspectors will record whether or not the school meets the relevant statutory requirements, for collective worship and RE as well as a strong Christian ethos. As with Ofsted the main judgments will be rated on the scale one to four (1-4), as Outstanding, Good, Satisfactory or Inadequate.
In July 2012 Charter had a SIAS inspection. The inspection was carried out by Portsmouth CofE diocese. The diocese awarded Charter with a solid Good with elements of outstanding. The diocese gave targets for the school to further improve. You can read the SIAS report by clicking on the link.
Religious Education (RE) is certainly a great place for our students to start this journey of faith; but why does Charter Academy think that RE is so important? Please read on to find out:
The Importance of RE
'Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions and other world views that offer answers to questions such as these. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances pupils’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures’. 'Religious education encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses’. 'Religious education encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community’. 'Religious education has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice’. (The non-statutory framework for RE in England). In addition to the two hours of RE all students receive every week,
Charter Academy is undergoing exciting improvements which are aimed at further developing the social, moral, spiritual and cultural lives of our students. Now existing at Charter Academy is a group of staff who meet weekly, the group is called ‘FISCH’ which stands for, ‘Faith in School’. We felt that this name was appropriate as even though we are a Church of England school, we are also very respectful of all other faiths and we wanted our name to reflect this.
Charter also holds a whole school collective worship for staff and students who have a very thought-provoking and inspiring assembly, led by our great links to the Church. The dates for the next collective worship is:
6th July 2017 15:00-16:00
What happens at Charter?
Prayer Meeting – Once a week a small (but growing) prayer group of staff and students meet and pray for the academy, our students and staff.
Student-written prayer for the academy.
Youth work – Breakfast Club
FISCH (Faith in schools)-This is a group of staff members and local clergy who discuss the Christian values. The group discuss topics such as Collective Worship and Charity work. The group welcomes all visitors.
Thoughts for the week are used in tutor time, weekly Collective Worship (assembly) and whole school Collective Worship. – The academy benefits from 'Thought for the Weeks' which encourages staff and students to reflect upon the lives of one another and the wider community.
School Pastors - School Pastors visit the Academy during Friday lunch times. This allows students to discuss anything including religious beliefs.
Eucharist - There will be a monthly Eucharist service starting shortly after Easter Holiday. This will be led by Rev. Annie McCabe.
Monthly Bible Quote
“Lord, let me ‘not become weary in doing good,’ knowing that I will reap a harvest at the proper time if I do not give up.” (based on Galatians 6:9)
It is a difficult time for many of our students as we approach the end of year exams. It is important that as a community we all support one another.