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Ethos and Values

Holy Trinity is a voluntary aided Church of England primary school in the heart of the Sunningdale community.  We have a close relationship with the nearby Holy Trinity Church and members of the village community.  Our school falls under the  Oxford Diocese and we work with them to ensure our school meets the needs of all learners under the Christian faith and ethos of the school. 



All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the Church of England Education Office's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The SIAMS Evaluation Schedule sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.



Main administrative and pastoral area in the Church of England – often roughly coincides with local county boundaries. There are 42 dioceses.

Purpose and focus of SIAMS inspections

SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school's Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles appropriate to, and reflective of, their particular context in order to be distinctively and effectively Christian in their character and ethos. SIAMS inspectors therefore do not look for a set template of what a Church school should be like, but rather take the particular context of the school into account and base their evaluation on the outcomes rather than the process.

The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: how effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?

This is explored through seven strands:

  • Vision and Leadership
  • Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
  • Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
  • Community and Living Well Together
  • Dignity and Respect
  • The impact of collective worship
  • The effectiveness of religious education

One overall grade is awarded reflecting the contribution of these strands to the flourishing of pupils and adults in a Church school. In addition a standalone grade is awarded in all schools for collective worship and in voluntary aided (VA) schools and former VA schools for religious education (RE). This grade is based on teaching and learning alone

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School Mantra

Believe. Achieve. Inspire.'

Ethos Statement

“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.”

School Values

  • We value the unique gifts and potential of every person
  • We value working together and including everyone
  • We value keeping safe, happy and healthy
  • We value our trust in God through the Christian faith
  • We value our school buildings, grounds and equipment

School Aims and Mission

At Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School our aims are to;

  • enable every individual regardless of ability to achieve their full potential in a safe learning environment

  • develop spiritual, confident, independent learners

  • grow lifelong learners who make a positive contribution to society

  • show mutual respect and tolerance for social, spiritual and cultural diversity

  • Create a culture of vigilance to safeguard all children

School Vision Statement

Holy Trinity CE Primary School will provide the highest quality of teaching and learning for all our children. We seek a Christian environment that is open, stimulating, safe and caring. We value each individual and encourage attitudes of self-respect, responsibility and tolerance. We foster the wonder and enjoyment of discovery and teach our children to learn.