Having Faith

At Newton Tony CE VC Primary School we encourage children to develop their own set of values which encompass our school Christian values:   Love, Hope, Courage and Forgiveness

How do we fit into the bigger picture?

Children at our school are taught Religious Education following the guidance in the Wiltshire RE Syllabus, using Understanding Christianity, Discovery RE and other resources to provide meaningful hands on experiences.  Christian values are taughtacross the curriculum and also used to enrich fund raising experiences. We consider WWJD – What would Jesus do? – when discussing our daily lives.

Children are also taught to compare Christianity to a wide range of religious instruction including Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. We also compare the ideology linked to the Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian gods and goddesses.  We also discuss the theories of evolution and contemplate if Science and Christianity can complement each other. 

This holistic approach ensures children are prepared to reflect and deepen their understanding of their beliefs.   We also encourage children to consider how they fit into the bigger picture and their own spirituality.  Children are encouraged to record their ideas linked to our Christian values and Spirituality in our worship theme books. You are welcome to share our books if you visit our school.

If you would like to join us in worship from home: each week Oak National Academy host assemblies and faith worships in partnership with TES, available from 11am. These are opportunities for us all to come together, hear from some inspirational guest speakers, and to think and talk about wider things affecting us.   You can watch the assemblies at any time if you cannot join us on Thurdays and Fridays at 11am.  Just visit the website above and click ‘join assembly’.

To help us feel a sense of togetherness we ask that you follow the links below and join us for:

These are some of our favourites:

We are proud to work in partnership with:

  • local primary schools to ensure that our Collective Worship Christian values are shared.
  • the ‘Bridge’ team, to share God’s message to children through fun activities and hands on learning experiences.
  • the Salisbury dioceses principles of Understanding Christianity
  • volunteers from local churches and our vicar Rev.Peter Ostli-East who visit the school every week to share bible teachings with our children.
  • Salisbury Cathedral
  • St Thomas Becket Church
  • The Salvation Army

We are proud to be judged as a ‘good’ school in our SIAMS Inspection 2016

All Church of England Dioceses and the Methodist Church use the National Society’s framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The framework sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.  As a result of the 2011 Education Act and subsequent changes to the Ofsted inspection framework, we have produced new guidance on making arrangements for a SIAMS inspection.  The framework provides a process for evaluating the extent to which church schools are “distinctively and recognisably Christian institutions”.   

Click on the following link to find out more information about the Church of England 


churchofengland vision for education

Inspection focus

SIAMS inspection focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of the church school has on the children and young people who attend it. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles, which reflect their particular local context or church tradition in order to be distinctive and effective. Inspectors will, therefore, not be looking to apply a preconceived template of what a church school should be like.

The principal objective of SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school.

Towards this objective, inspectors seek answers to four key questions.

  • How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
  • What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
  • How effective is the Religious Education? (in VA schools and academies)
  • How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?

The National Society’s Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) framework is used in all Section 48 inspections of Church of England schools and in the denominational inspection of academies.

Click here to open or download our most recent SIAS inspection report  SIAMS report 2016