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Vision, Ethos and Values

Emmanuel Community School is a Christian school. It’s Christian ethos is at the heart of its mission to serve the local community. The school welcomes children of all faiths and none whose families value a Christian education.  We aim to provide for children’s moral, social, cultural and spiritual development.  We instil in our children positive attitudes to learning and children are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions.  The school is a friendly, welcoming and culturally inclusive community where pupils show a strong awareness of the needs of others.

Children join Emmanuel Community School at the start of the school year in which they reach their fifth birthday. The school has an annual intake of 30 children each year and, as a primary school, it is divided into what are known as KEY STAGES of learning:

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2 to 5 year olds – Reception Class

Key Stage 1 (KS1) - Known as Year 1 and Year 2

Key Stage 2 (KS2) - Known as Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6

School Ethos & Values

  • Provide a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment in which children can enjoy learning and develop positive relationships with others.
  • Deploy a range of teaching styles to meet the needs of different learners.
  • Insist on high expectations of attainment and behaviour.
  • Involve parents and carers in our school life and develop strong links with the local community.
  • Celebrate all achievements.
  • Provide experiential learning outside of the classroom at every opportunity.
  • Give children opportunities to voice their ideas and opinions, thus ensuring that their voice is heard and listened to.
  • Encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promote Christian values of love, acceptance, tolerance and good citizenship.
  • Become highly motivated independent learners who achieve high standards.
  • Develop an understanding of the responsibilities involved in living as part of the family, school, local and wider community.
  • Respect and care for the environment and world we live in

Our core values underpin our work with the children:

Love: play together, be a friend, from your heart

Justice: be fair

Courage:  be brave, don’t be scared

Truthfulness:  tell the truth, don’t tell lies

Forgiveness:  be friends again when someone says sorry, be kind

British Values

The School’s Promotion of British Values

Situated in the heart of Walthamstow, Emmanuel Community School is a Christian school, seeking to serve our diverse and vibrant local area.  The school welcomes children of all faiths and no faith to our caring and friendly school community.

The school sees its provision for pupils in the area of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as of paramount importance.  This is reflected in our Ofsted report, which states:

Provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent.  It is embedded in the subjects taught and in the ethos of the school.

As part of its provision in this area, the school promotes fundamental British values of:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

We ensure that all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to in a variety of ways, including through the work of our pupil school council.

At Emmanuel Community School we wish to be an inclusive community but recognise that parents have the legal right to withdraw their children from religious education or collective worship on the grounds of conscience, without giving a reason.  parents wishing to exercise this right are asked to write to the headteacher who will then invite the parents into school to discuss their concerns., clarify the nature of the RE and worship provided by the school and set out the options open to parents as set out in education law.

However the right of withdrawal does not extend to other parts of the curriculum when, as may happen on occasion, spontaneous questions on religious matters are raised by pupils or there are issues related to religion that arise in other subjects.  Where a pupil is withdrawn from RE and do not take part in alternative religious education they will be supervised by an appropriate member of staff whilst doing work set by their parents which will seek to further their knowledge and understanding of their parents beliefs and values.

For more information download our prospectus or contact the school office for a hard copy.

ECS 2015 Prospectus

People often ask us how we got here.  Below is a short presentation of our journey so far.

The journey of The Emmanuel Community School (Apr 14)