Bourne Abbey as a Church of England Academy

          

At Bourne Abbey, we provide a safe and stimulating environment where all can flourish as children of God. Core Christian values permeate all aspects of school life and the children live out these values in all that they do.  Each term has a different Christian Value as a focus, and the children take great pride in demonstrating how they are able to live out this value.

We have a vision of a community in which each person is offered the opportunity to fulfil their potential and to understand themselves to be valued for who they are. Through a stimulating and challenging learning environment, we pursue academic excellence and seek the flourishing of all members of the school community. As an inclusive and caring church school, our commitment is to help pupils become thoughtful, open-minded and compassionate human beings who have the knowledge, skills and motivation they need to bring about positive transformation in the world.

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”         John Wesley

Collective Worship takes place daily and contributes significantly towards children's spiritual development.  Spirituality is valued and scope for reflection is provided both within the RE curriculum and throughout the school.  This deepens the children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC).

We have close links with our own Abbey Church and the clergy, including Fr Chris Atkinson. Harvest, Christmas and Easter are particularly special times of the year when we join together in church to celebrate and give thanks. Fr Chris plays an active and vital role within our whole school community by leading collective worship in school, services in church and confirmation. Our links within the local community and clergy also include Leigh Smith and Nick Humphries from Bourne Baptist Church and Fr Victor from Bourne Catholic Church. We have also established excellent links with Bourne Methodist Church and the Salvation Army.

Every week members from Open The Book lead Collective Worship.  They share a story from the Bible with a key message and encourage the children to take part actively in the worship.

Every year after Harvest, our Collective Worship Council take all the Harvest gifts kindly donated by the children at Bourne Abbey to the Food Bank located at the church. As part of their learning in Religious Education, our children also visit and learn about festivals of other faiths and religions.