We hope this website helps you gain an understanding of what our school is all about, how it works and is organised, and what it offers.
We believe that there is a distinctive quality to St Michael’s School, one which can be expressed in many ways and means different things to different people. It may be its family feel, its focus on relationships, its positive approach to education, its strong connection to St Michael’s Church, the care and respect it cultivates and nurtures, or it may be our constant drive to improve, for our own sakes and for those of our children and families.
Our school continues to develop in many exciting ways so that it can continue to provide a rich and happy experience for our children.
We are both very proud to belong to a team that is committed to achieving high standards and providing the very best opportunities for the children in its care. Staff, supported by governors, work hard to deliver an inspiring and challenging curriculum, to prepare children for their next steps in education, to help them acquire the skills and confidence they need, and to inspire children to pursue learning for the rest of their lives.
The best way to find out about our school is to come and visit, to see us in action and meet staff and children. A telephone call to the school office on 01263 732260 is all that is needed to arrange this.
We look forward to welcoming you to our school, and to creating happy and successful partnerships with all our new children and families.
These are the values which underpin our School and express our vision for the future.
I independence: we teach children to be independent learners.
N nurture: we care for each child and help them to grow and flourish.
S spirituality: as a church School, we nurture and respect faith.
P potential: we develop children’s individual strengths and believe that everyone can be successful.
I inclusion: we hold that EVERY child and family matters.
R relationships: we value and work hard to develop good relationships.
E enjoyment: we make learning purposeful and fun for everyone.
The personal development of children, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs and their spiritual awareness. We enable them to develop high standards of personal behaviour and a positive, caring attitude towards other people. We make sure they are given every opportunity to develop an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of the cultures.
Our School was built in 1848 on land belonging to an early grammar School founded by Robert Jannys, a rich merchant from Norwich. A hundred years later the Church of England relinquished aspects of the School’s administration to the Local Education Authority, making it a Voluntary Controlled School.
Then in January 2017 we changed status and became a Voluntary Aided School. Governors’ intentions in making this change are
- to maintain the proud tradition of St Michael’s as a Church of England School with a strong and distinctive ethos,
- to provide the very best education we can for the children in our School
- to preserve and increase meaningful parental choice in the primary phase in Aylsham,
- and to build upon our strong bond with the local Church community.
There are also plans to change the status of St Michael’s School from Infant and Nursery to Primary and Nursery. This is to take place from September 2018. You can find out more about this on our website.
There is a strong and distinctive Christian ethos at this School and we encourage children to develop important values. Children learn these values through the teachings and stories that Jesus told, and we draw on other sources and experience to help their understanding and involvement.
This year we are looking at Trust and Truthfulness, Humility, Generosity, Respect and Reverence, and Wisdom. Families are encouraged to help by exploring values at home with their children.
The Church of St Michael’s and All Angels is a short walk away from school and we make as much use of it as we can. Each class attends a special service there every term and the building itself is a rich resource for study of varying kinds. Many of our annual celebrations are held there – Harvest Festival, Nativities, and Mothering Sunday, for example. Canon Revd Beane or Rev’d Jack Branford conduct a Collective Worship every week at school and are frequent visitors as well as fulfilling a vital role as governors. Many children go to ‘Make and Take’ in the church after school on Thursdays.