School Ethos

I will show you my faith by my works. (James 2:18)

As a Church of England school the Christian ethos is at the heart of the school and the school moto runs through all that we do and achieve at Sunningwell.


Collective Worship

This daily period enables both staff and children to join together in reflection, praise and celebration.

Monday – Worship with Values

Tuesday – Worship with St Leonard’s

Wednesday – Worship with Music and Song

Thursday – Worship and Sharing

Friday – Worship with Values

Every other Tuesday we are joined in Worship by a group of volunteers from our local churches who come to and bring a story from the Bible alive through drama for the children. The children are encouraged to actively participate in the story telling either as part of the audience or by joining the group on the stage. On alternate Tuesdays we also have a visit from St Leonard’s Reverend Rob whom the children love seeing, again Reverend Rob brings stories from the Bible alive for the children through storytelling, drama and song.



Our connections to the local community extend out to local Care Homes, where the children will visit and sing songs to the residents. It extends to visits and collaborations with other local schools, in particular we are very lucky to have a fantastic relationship with Abingdon School. We also work closely with the local Arch Readers, who we see every week visiting our children to make crafts, play games and read together.

We have several links to both local and national charities, and regularly raise monies for them through non-uniform days, Brick a Brack sales and coffee mornings.



In March 2016, the School underwent the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS), in which it was deemed to be “Good” in its inspection grade. The Inspector stated that the schools “distinctive Christian values understood by all stakeholders underpin a caring community which supports a growing confidence and sense of self-worth in pupils”


Fundraising Activities

Above are two pictures from some of our fundraising activities over the year.

The first one is from the #HelloYellow, Young Minds charity campaign where the children had to wear yellow for the day, Class 1 were lucky enough to have a surprise yellow visitor too!! Here at Team Sunningwell we are strong supporters of healthy hearts and healthy minds. We were also lucky enough to have a representative from The Salvation Army come in and explain the works of the Salvation Army to the children, they then created a red paper chain heart to represent one of the ethos behind the charity.


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