At Hever CE Primary School we provide a caring environment in which we want all pupils to feel happy, safe and valued.
Our Christian ethos is characterised by kindness, compassion and tolerance.
Our values are those of Love, Respect and Wisdom.
Children of all faiths and none are welcome at our school. Our children have many enriching experiences to help them develop as independent learners and build a lifelong love of learning. The distinctive nature of our approach to education can be found in our Christian values of love, respect and wisdom. We expect the whole school community of children, staff, parents, and governors to share these values.
Visitors to our school comment on the happy, confident children, their exemplary behaviour and their care and concern for each other and the wider world. They also note the excellent role models in the staff, volunteers and clergy who contribute so much to the school. School policies and practice are moulded around these values and are reflected in the learning environment.
There is a daily act of Worship, which is a highly valued part of each school day, and grace is said before meals. Assemblies are led by the Head Teacher, staff, the children or clergy. It is an opportunity for the children to learn about God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and to understand the teachings of the Bible. In our acts of Worship, Bible teachings are related to the school’s values and to the daily lives of the children.
A lively, creative approach includes drama, dance and art work alongside readings, prayers and music. We use a variety of well-known hymns and modern worship songs, and the children actively participants and enjoy Worship. It is also a time for quiet prayer and reflection on behaviour and on the difference between right and wrong.
Each week we focus on a different Christian value and on Mondays an award is given to the child who has most demonstrated the previous week’s value.
There are areas for reflection in each classroom where children can engage in prayer activities, take time to think and ask questions, and also reflect on the values they have seen in action at the end of the school day. They regularly contribute their thoughts to the overall concept of Christian faith on the school community's central worship board.
We have strong links with St Peter’s Church and the local community in Hever and Edenbridge. There are four main church services each year, namely Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Leavers Services and we warmly welcome family and friends to these services.
The school celebrates Christmas and Easter through dance, song and drama, telling the story of Jesus in a lively and child-friendly way. For the last few years we have held a reflective ‘Easter Pause Week.’
All these activities help to support and deepen the school community's understanding of what we stand for as a Church school.