Church School Information
St Chad’s is a Church of England (CofE) Nursery and Infant School, originally founded in 1889. We are a popular inner city school and we are very proud of the diverse community in which we serve. The majority of our children come from established Muslim and Sikh families and we are more recently welcoming a growing number of children from Eastern Europe. Our Victorian building retains many original beautiful features but has been thoughtfully adapted for modern educational needs. As a church school, we have very strong links with St Augustine’s Church (a fifteen-minute walk from our school). Reverend Andy Ward is our Chair of Governors and Reverend Sarah Watson serves as our school Chaplain.
We are a truly inclusive school that actively promotes social cohesion in an area of significant diversity. We successfully nourish children of Christian faith whilst also welcoming and valuing children and families of other faiths. We strongly promote Christian and British values through our school ethos, LOVE. We:
Look after our school and each other
Only ever do our best
Value everyone and remember our manners
Enjoy our learning!
Our LOVE ethos ensures that our children’s spiritual development is at the core of our school. Our children know that they are special and unique and that they are cherished and loved. We explore many more Christian values within our LOVE ethos at a level that the children understand e.g. truthfulness, forgiveness.
Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS):
All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the Church of England Education Office's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS).
The principal objective of SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Church school, and how well the distinctive Christian character and ethos of the school ensure the development and achievement of the whole child or young person.
This is evaluated through four core 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?
We are very proud of our SIAMS inspection outcomes. In our June 2014 inspection we were graded as an Outstanding church school.