Secondary School Links and Links with The Parish of Bilston
Close links are maintained with the Parish of Bilston. The Vicar of St. Leonard’s Church is also a Foundation Governor, he visits school regularly for worship and Governor meetings. Children take part in services at St Leonard’s Church and visit the Church as part of their R.E. activities.
Daniel Lee from the local Pentecostal Church works with many of our children on a weekly basis. The worship group contribute to an inspiring education based on Christian beliefs, through fun activities and assemblies.
On the 2nd October the worship group performed an assembly about Operation Christmas Child. Everyone has learnt all the rules of the shoebox appeal and what happens when a shoebox gets delivered a smile comes on a child’s face. We did a quiz, prayers, bible reading, singing and more. We sang “When I needed a Neighbour”. We covered the values of generosity, compassion. Etc.
Sameer, on behalf of the worship group
Saint Leonard’s Church
We are a Church of England school and we are proud to have close links with the community of Saint Leonard’s Church, Bilston.
St. Leonard’s Church is located in the heart of Bilston town. Built in 1834, it is the fourth building to occupy the site since at least 1090 (possibly even 997). It is a large classical style church which has many unusual features including; a ‘chamfered’ square tower, with a cupola, clock, and a golden globe and weather vane. It has a fine interior, also in the classical style with many mouldings and columns; it has a number of interesting memorial plaques and a beautiful stained glass east window which depicts the crucifixion. Our children love exploring the church and finding out about its past and present use.
The vicar, Reverend Dave Wills is a member of our Governing Body and is a frequent visitor to the school, leading our worship regularly. The children all love the inevitable terrible jokes! Mike Shelley-Smith and Mark Bircher, members of the PCC are also Foundation Governors.
The children always enjoy their visits to the church. Our Harvest Festival, Christmas Carols Service and Easter Celebration are held at St Leonard’s and are always occasions to look forward to. Many of our parents and members of the local community join us on these wonderful occasions. The children also enjoy visiting St Leonards as part of their curriculum where they are given the chance to explore the features of the church close up; to talk with Rev. Dave and ask questions, bringing their R.E., PSHE, and History topics to life.
We also enjoy visits from Daniel Lee, a minister from Bilston Pentecostal Church who often leads worship and leads our Worship Group. We also have links with Adrian Lloyd from Bilston Baptist Church.
Our Christian Values
All our worship is based on these core Christian values.
In Autumn term our focus is Love – worship is focussed on the themes of Friendship, Thankfulness, Compassion and Generosity.
In Spring term our focus is Faith - worship is focussed on the themes of Service, Justice, Forgiveness and Trust.
In Summer term our focus is Peace - worship is focussed on the themes of Perseverance, Truthfulness, Respect and Courage.
We also link our Worship through song once a week with these core values where ever possible. The local clergy from St Leonards- Rev D Wills and Mr M Shelly Smith also lead worship weekly. This strengthens our links with the Church.
We have a diverse and vibrant school community with staff and pupils from a variety of different countries and with different beliefs- which is reflective of the city of Wolverhampton. Whilst our RE curriculum is based on Christianity pupils will also learn about other faiths and beliefs. We feel that it is important that pupils respect and understand the beliefs of others.
RE is taught weekly across all year groups. Our RE curriculum is based upon the agreed syllabus in Wolverhampton. We endeavour to make RE interesting and engaging offering pupils the opportunity to ask questions and share their own thoughts, ideas and beliefs. Pupils are also taught to handle religious artefacts with respect. Our annual RE day is planned to creative. This allows the pupils to represent RE through Art, Music, Drama and ICT as well as through writing.
Pupils are able to visit a range of places of worship as part of the RE curriculum as well as leading and taking part in services at St Leonards Church and St Peters Church. We are developing relationships with faith leaders across the city.
Pupils speak very positively about RE in our school- “RE is interesting. I learn about what others believe” Year 6 pupil
“I have learnt a lot about Islam this year- things I never knew before.” Year 5 pupil.
“I have enjoyed telling the other pupils about how my family pray at home” Year 4 pupil.