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Pocklington Infants is a Voluntary Controlled (VC) Church of England (CE) Infant school.
As a Church of England school we have an Instrument of Government (a legal document) which states " Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils”. The original Trust Deed for the school dates from 1852. The Instrument of Government links with the vision for education from the Church of England which is one to serve the common good and is there for all faiths and those of no faith.
As a Voluntary Controlled school, a minority of the governing body is made up of foundation governors, who are appointed by the Church with a duty to include maintaining the Church of England character of the school in their overall governance. As a Voluntary Controlled school the staff are employed by the Local Authority. Voluntary Controlled schools follow the Local Authority RE syllabus. Voluntary Controlled schools have a religious character, this cannot be removed as it is fixed by lay (see above on Instrument of Government). Voluntary Controlled schools follow the Local Authority admission arrangements.
In the summer of 2019 a Governor met with groups of Year 1 and 2 pupils to get an insight into their understanding of RE, Collective Worship and belonging to a church school. Below are some of their responses.
Do you know that this is a church school?
Yes we learn about Jesus and God. We do something with God every day and in collective worship. Yes, we are a church school and we believe in Christians and normal schools don't.
Do you think that it makes any difference that you come to a church school?
Definitely - I went to a normal school before and we had assembly, but it was quick and it wasn't worship.
Do you have opportunities in school to discuss ‘big questions’ about life and the world?
In RE we ask a teacher when we’re learning, about what it means.
We get lots of time to ask questions.
We get lots of time to ask questions when we talk about the Creation story.
We did some questions that no-one can answer – ‘Did it really take 7 days to make the world’ and ‘Why were dinosaurs so freaky and slow’?.
We can ask the teacher any questions.