St Peter’s Mission Statement
At St Peter’s School we offer a broad and balanced curriculum, which inspires and captures our children’s imaginations.
We aim to provide a warm, caring and stimulating atmosphere supported by Christian values where individual talents are nurtured, developed and celebrated.
Engaging in partnerships with the Church, our parents and the local community enables us to achieve this.
St Peters’s School Ethos
Church of England schools like St Peter’s were founded because of the Christian ethos of Service and a commitment to Serve and to Love lies at the root of everything we do. Whether or not our children and staff are practising Christians, St Peter’s exists for you, our community. We are not a ‘faith’ school that is here to serve the Anglicans in this parish, rather we are a living expression of a Christian commitment to serve and to nurture.
In the early decades of the nineteenth century, the Church of England began its drive to provide all children, however poor, with a formal education. Educating children in order to prevent their exploitation formed a large part of the motivation of this movement towards what we now recognise as our national system of Education. ‘A school in every parish’ was the aim, and by the mid eighteenth century, thousands of schools – like our own St. Peter’s – were in existence. In 1870, when the State formally committed itself to a truly National ‘State Education,’ the Church of England was already supporting the education of many thousands of Britain’s children. The 1870 Education Act was a watershed moment in the history of the life of Children’s Rights, and how their education is financed in England and Wales, and by the end of the century an effective and valuable partnership between Church and State meant that our schools were serving and educating entire generations. When WWII broke out, after more than seventy years of State Education, Church schools were still providing for nearly a third of our children, and in 1944 a further Education Act gave schools like St. Peter’s the right to become ‘Voluntary Aided.’ After a century of wear and tear – and given the success of establishing such a number of schools throughout the country – the Church was facing a serious war-time and post-war problem of the repair and maintenance of its provision. The ’44 Act therefore deepened the relationship between Church and State and gave us the kind of school we know today. The 21st century is, of course, changing our relationship with the State once again, and small schools like ours have to work particularly hard to adapt. Despite the fact that the status of Local Authorities in the provision of our children’s education is currently in a state of flux, St Peter’s remains a proud Church School that is committed to providing the best state-funded education for the children of this community.