Provision for supporting pupils to develop spiritually is exemplary. Collective worship is a fundamental part of the school day and provides a wealth of invitations for children to reflect, respond and develop spiritually. Reflection areas around school provide a range of invitations for children to respond and think spiritually. Our annual ‘Prayer Spaces’ week is invaluable in offering opportunities for reflective, spiritual thinking and development. All children in school engaged within the Prayer Spaces event, with other schools engaging as part of our discipleship work. Children also engage in a weekly ‘quiet time’ session in class, which is carefully planned by the DHT, to incorporate a wide range of themes to develop self-awareness and spirituality. Carefully planned RE also provides opportunities for personal reflection, which enriches and develops spiritual development. As we believe that nature can have huge benefits for children’s mental health, we have embarked on an OPAL project to provide opportunities for imaginative, creative and real life play, whatever the weather!
“Pupils and adults alike, flourish and shine at St Stephen’s. Everyone in the school is treated as an individual and treasured as a child of God.”
SIAMS inspection report February 2019