Church of England
Voluntary Controlled School.
As such the school is part of the Diocese of Bath and Wells and is closely linked to the parish church in the village - St Peters. Our vicar is Rev Alan Ellacott and he is an ex-officio governor for the school. We also have a lay person from the church as a governor and she is Mrs Lynne Moore. Being a church school means that Christian ethos is at the centre of all we do and we believe very strongly in our Mission Statement and Church Foundation.
We hold a collective worship each day in school usually between 12.00 and 12.15. Different people lead the worship including the Headteacher - Keith Sharpe, Senior Teacher - Catherine Vincer and Class teacher - Angela Davies, members of the clergy also lead our worship most Tuesdays. We also hold regular services in the church - Harvest, Carol, Easter, Leavers Sevice for the Yr 6 in July and New Arrivals Sevice in November.
“The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Langford Budville as a Church of England school are outstanding.”
SIAMS January 2016
Langford Budville Church of England Primary School has been linked to the church since it was built in 1851. We are known as a ‘voluntary controlled’ (or VC) school which means that the school is run by the local authority but has a Church of England character. We are part of the Diocese of Bath and Wells and also belong to the Wellington team of Anglican churches.
As a Church of England School, we aim to work with parents, children, staff, governors and the church to provide a safe environment in which each child is valued as an individual and in which they can find security, acceptance, reassurance and an opportunity to develop their potential. We aim to create a caring and happy community in which Christian values are upheld.
The local clergy, led by our vicar Rev Alan Ellacott, are regular visitors, leading acts of worship and supporting the spiritual work of the school. Mrs Lynne Moore is our Foundation Governor, creating a link between the school and St Peter’s Church in the village. We value her informed and enthusiastic support which has ranged from leading pancake-making sessions with the children and helping with the development of our reflective area to creating displays of children’s work on our notice board in the church, maintaining the school’s links with the wider local community.
We visit the church for services at key times of the year, inviting parents to share our celebrations of such festivals as Harvest, Christmas and Easter. We mark Remembrance Day with an Act of Worship in the church grounds. The annual Leavers’ Service in July culminates with the ultimate treat for the Year 6 children - a trip to the top of the church tower! The church is also a valuable local resource, children make informal visits to study aspects of the building or to learn more about its function.
The school’s Religious Education policy has been drawn up in accordance with the Somerset Agreed Syllabus and Acts of Worship reflect our Christian tradition. RE lessons help the children develop a wider understanding and appreciation of other world religions in order to put the Christian faith into context. We encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promote Christian values through the experiences we offer to all of the children.
Church schools are subject to statutory inspections (SIAMS) as well as visits from Ofsted. At our last such inspection we were judged to be outstanding in our effectiveness as a church school in all areas.