Bentley Heath Church Of England Primary School
It is really important that a school, founded by the Church, should seek to offer the highest quality of academic education in the context of the Christian ethos of love, respect and care for one another and the world in which we live.
The School's motto is 'Building Happiness and Success' and, after a recent Ofsted inspection in September 2009, Bentley Heath's overall rating was 'Good' (with some outstanding elements) for developing pupils who are eager to learn, who grow in confidence, who display high standards of behaviour, and who have an appreciation of how to lead safe and healthy lives.
St James' Church and Bentley Heath School have a unique, and close, working relationship as St James' Church meets in, and shares, its hall with the school. Our Vicar also has an automatic seat on the governing body of Bentley Heath School and actively works with, and supports, the Head Teacher and senior leadership team - especially in the area of collective worship each week.
The Christian and spiritual ethos of the school is one of the key aspects of our mission in the community and we organise several shared events during the year such as the annual Carol Service and Education Sunday.
Our involvement is also expressed through our relationship with Tots Praise, Totstop, and Crossover, started by two members of our Church. Noah's Ark was also started by a member of the congregation and the Chair and Trustees are all members of the Church.
We also make a contribution to some Religious Education lessons, particularly at Christmas and Easter.