At Stonefold we base the way we conduct ourselves and go about our daily lives on five key Christian Values. These can be linked to our school fish symbol, and spell out the word PERCH.
Children have these five values constantly reinforced, both in collective worship and in the classroom. When reflecting on their own behaviour, the children are encouraged to look at a particular value and how they can adhere to it more consistently. For example, a child not owning up is seen to be withholding the Honesty value, while someone disturbing a lesson may be seen to neglect Peace and Respect, as well as Compassion. Sanctions for children who don't stick to these values include filling in a self reflection sheet and thinking about how they could have done things differently.
Understanding the need for peace in the world/walking around school quietly and respectfully/resolving conflicts through discussion and understanding/being ready for learning/not responding to aggression.
Never giving up/trying your best/overcoming obstacles/being patient and understanding.
Looking after themselves and each other/Caringfor their belongings and those of others/acknowledging adults as people with experience/using correct manners when asking, entering a room, or at the dinner table -
Understanding other people's feelings/feeling sorry/showing care.
Owning up to wrong/telling the truth/not being deceitful/being prepared to admit mistakes.
Worship is fundamental to life at St. John's Stonefold. The former St. John's church is now a residence and our links are with St James's church, Haslingden. Children and parents are invited to special Friday evening services (7.00 -
Daily worship follows structured themes and is delivered in a variety of ways. Mr Oldfield, as Headteacher, delivers worship on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week, and other staff members deliver the Tuesday slot on a rota system, so that all staff are involved in planning and delivering worship, enhancing the family atmosphere. Throughout, emphasis is placed on our five key Christian values:
These spell out the word 'Perch' which is linked to our symbol of the Christian fish.
Hymns, both modern and traditional, are a key part of school life and are practised on Thursday mornings.
Whenever possible, the themes of worship are linked to other aspects of life in school, e.g. encouraging care for one another, sharing, the avoidance of being tempted and so on. The school council have developed a prayer area in a central position within the school, where children can have quiet moments of reflection and prayer at all times of the school day.
There are a number of special services linked to key events in the Christian calendar for parents and the wider community to come and enjoy, such as Harvest Festival, Easter Worship and Christingle.
We are very proud of our status as a good Christian school, and our Diocesan inspection report is available on our home page or through the inspection reports' link on the left.