Platt Church of England (Aided) Primary School
The church is very proud of its links with Platt Primary school and is actively involved in supporting the work and life of the school. The church plays a role in the education of the children, as well as providing spiritual support to staff, children and parents.
There are school services in the church three times a term, and the vicar and other church members are regularly involved in the daily worship at the school. At the start of each term there are special “Prayers for Parents” in the school hall, to pray for their children by name.
Special events are held in the church as part of the religious education curriculum, to help children understand services such as weddings and baptisms. In 2011, for example, a special “royal wedding” was held!
The school also values its links with the church, and highlights the importance of the church in its school prospectus. (See the extract below)
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHURCH SCHOOL
Our links with the church are very important and a Christian ethos underpins the fundamental practice of the school. Our vision is:
Christian Values and Excellence
Learning together, forgiving one another, caring for all.
In an inclusive Christian environment at Platt we aim to:
- develop confident, secure and happy children.
- provide a fresh, vibrant and active curriculum that models and inspires enthusiastic lifelong learners.
- track the progress and attainment of all pupils; celebrate and value their successes.
- foster love and compassion for each other and the wider community.
- nurture trust, promote self-discipline and respect within a safe environment.
Daily collective worship is led by teachers, the Vicar or occasional visitors, and children often contribute. The worship includes aspects of praise, prayer and teaching, reflection, offering and sharing. Prayers are also part of daily classroom life. The children attend three services each term at St Mary’s Church, to which parents, friends and governors are invited. Older children also worship with other schools at Rochester Cathedral.
Through this pattern of worship we hope to further children’s spiritual development by building the practice and values of the Christian faith into their daily lives. We follow the Diocesan Religious Education curriculum.
Parents may withdraw their child from Religious Education and worship by arrangement with the headteacher. Suitable alternative provision will be made.