Being a Church School
At St. Stephen’s we are proud to be a Church of England Voluntary Aided School. Please see below as to what that means.
We reinforce Christian values throughout school life.
Additionally, the school community have picked which 6 Christian values they feel represent St. Stephen’s. These are:
In 2015-2016, our collective worship was based on these values.
This was created with contributions from the whole school community:
‘With God’s help, we love, listen and learn together to be the best we can be!’
In a Voluntary Aided School, a majority of the governing body is made up of Foundation Governors, who are appointed by the Church with a duty to include maintaining the Church of England character of the school in their overall governance. The Vicar (Revd Roger Dixon) is automatically a foundation governor of the school. The governors also have some different responsibilities.
In a CofE VA school, the governing body are the employers of the staff.
Capital works in VA schools are the responsibility of the governing body, and grant aided, generally up to 90%, by the Department for Children Schools and Families, via the Diocesan Board of Education.
We are responsible for choosing our own RE curriculum (with advice from the diocese). Non-church and CE (VC) schools usually follow the Local Authority syllabus.
All church schools are required by law to conduct worship in accordance with the Christian character of the school. Please see the link on the right for our collective worship based on our values for 2015-2016.
All Church of England schools have a Christian character. This means that the general conduct and spirit of the school should be in line with Christian morality and ethics, as well as worship and general ethos.
As a Voluntary Aided School we make our own admissions arrangements which are reviewed annually. Like all other authorities, we are bound by the Admissions Guidance from the Department for Children Schools and Families, which is designed to produce fair and understandable admissions.
For Admissions arrangements, please see the tab in the Admissions section of this website.