Our Christian School
As a Church school we have a distinctive character where Christian values are promoted in all aspects of school life. We encourage all members of the school community to promote a Christian ethos where care and respect is shown to everyone and through our Christian values let "Let our light shine." A recent consultation regarding our school values was held with all key stakeholders, the following core values were chosen by our school community:
Autumn A : Respect
Autumn B : Love
Spring A : Courage
Spring B : Forgiveness
Summer A : Hope
Summer B : Friendship
Worship is at the heart of daily life at Middleforth. Worship usually takes place on school premises but from time to time certain services will be held at St Leonard’s Church. Worship may not be held at the same time each day and may also take place in Key Stages or in classes. However, in general, following registration, the school day begins with an act of worship involving both staff, children and, at least once a week, parents and members of the local community.
Worship is lead by the Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team, members of the teaching team, classes, the clergy and guest visitors. It has been our vision that children lead worship as much as possible and this is an area which we have begun to develop further since September 2017, as part of our committment to Vision 2026.
We seek to celebrate our children’s individuality and provide them with a safe, supportive and happy place within which to thrive and develop with a deeper knowledge and understanding of God’s love for them. As Middleforth is a church school we aim to provide our children with an experience of Christian life and worship. However, throughout school we are aware, recognise and respect the faiths of all others. We believe that we should develop the spirituality of all children whether they are of Christian faith, other faiths or of no faith. This ensures that we can all respectfully understand the beliefs of each other and develop a mutual respect for everyone.
In 2015 Bishop Julian presented his vision for the future. As a result, churches and church schools all over the country will be engaging with Vision 2026. The focus "Healthy Churches Healthy Communities" will by its very nature involve our school and together we believe we can help make and grow disciples of, witnesses to and leaders for Jesus.
After consultation with our children and staff it was decided that we choose one particular area to develop in school. It was decided that we focus on "Making Disciples of Jesus Christ", through the development of worship within the school to include our children in all aspects of worship. Children are now involved in worship workshops, leading worship, worship welcomers, worship leaders who help plan and evaluate our worship in school.
To read Bishop Julian's Vision 2026, please click here.
Life in all it's fullness - letting our light shine!
At Middleforth, we try to live out our school mission statement of "Let your light shine." Over the course of the year we try to bring a little light to others lives through our charity work, prayer and visits. We believe that Middleforth should be a place where loving God and loving our neighbours is lived out in the daily life of the school.
SIAMS School Inspection
Our last Church School Inspection was in February 2014 by Mr Mike Graham. We had every opportunity to demonstrate the importance of our Christian Distinctiveness to Mr Graham and were delighted as we had sustained and improved on the previous grading and were judged as outstanding. The children had an opportunity to talk to him about how their christian beliefs impacts on their lives and were, as we have come to expect, great ambassadors for the school.
To read the report, click here.
St. Leonards Parish Church, Penwortham
We are proud to have a strong partnership between our
school and St. Leonard's Church, we regularly welcome Father Nick into school to lead, plan and join in worship. Throughout the school year we attend church to celebrate and give thanks. Some of the services held at St. Leonards have included:
End of Year Celebration Service
Over the year we also support the wider life of the church through special events and services such as:
Education Sunday Service.
Christmas Tree Event.
Thy Kingdom Come Prayer spaces.
To find out more about our Parish Church, please click here.
Bishops Harvest Appeal 2018
This year the appeal is supporting two projects. In Brazil Christian Aid is working with the Quilombola people to equip them with a factory that will enable them to achieve a better price for their harvest of Brazil Nuts. In Sierra Leone the KIK project is empowering children orphaned by the Ebola disease with farming and life skills. This year we will once again with your help do our best to raise funds towards the Bishops Harvest appeal.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 24:40
Diocesan Harvest Prayer
Lord of the harvest, grant all who work the land a safe harvest;
and may they receive rich rewards for their labours.
Inspire those of us with plenty to share with those who have little.
In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
Prayer Spaces in school enables children to explore life questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way. Children have enjoyed being part of the prayer spaces experience both within school and at St. Leonards Parish Church as part of the Thy Kingdom Come prayer week.