Providing children with a view of the world beyond our school grounds is essential in becoming a global citizen. We want our children to live their lives through our core values, the same British values which really matter in the wider community. To this end we work with community members to integrate and develop partnerships with local schools, care homes, community groups, and our local church, St Luke’s.
Through promoting our school values and living as a community, we seek opportunities to contribute to life beyond our school and to build relationships at a personal and community level. Our annual Community Day is a highlight of the year where we reach out and connect with community groups and Thomas’s Foundation partners.
The CAIRN Trust gives a focus to our commitment to the wider community through helping children in Nepal have access to education by providing schools, teacher training and libraries.
In September 2017, we launched a new programme called SOCIAL Time. SOCIAL Time encompasses our whole school commitment to global citizenship and community action. The school has always made significant contributions in so many ways to our community and beyond, and we are more committed than ever to make a positive impact. SOCIAL Time will, in simplest terms, create 'a time and place for good things to happen.'
SOCIAL Time stands for Service, Outdoor, Community Involvement and Action Learning. It has three main ambitions:
- Life Skills and Citizenship: teaching and nurturing skills and ideas to enable our children to cope and contribute in society
- Service Learning: learning through actions and achievement of objectives in and for the community
- Social Responsibility: realising our obligation to act for the benefit of society at large