The Revd Canon Barbara Messham, All Saints’ Church
Queen Eleanor’s is a church school and part of a long tradition going back to the Middle Ages when the Christian churches were the first to provide education to people in England and Wales. Since then, the Church has worked to provide education for everybody with a special care for the impoverished and marginalised. Currently over a third of primary schools are church schools.
As a Voluntary Aided School, the Church contributes financially to the upkeep of the building and provides foundation governors for the Governing Body. Our admissions policy is based on our desire to be a school for the local community for which Queen Eleanor’s is the closest school and, although preference is given to children whose parents worship at a Christian church, during the eight years I have been Vicar, there have, to my knowledge, been no cases where a church child was admitted who hasn’t lived in the parish.
We are proud of the ethos of our school which is based on the Christian belief that all human beings are made in the image of God. Each child is a unique human being, made by God and loved by him, and worth the highest possible standards of education and care and the closest attention to what will enable them to flourish.
That is what Queen Eleanor’s School will offer your child. We pray that whilst your child is in our care that they may experience the full range of educational opportunities and can engage at a profound level with faith in general and the Christian experience and way of life in particular.
Father Andrew Norman, Rector of St Nicolas’
There has always been a link between the schools of Queen Eleanor’s and St Nicolas’ because originally they were in the same parish. After the parish of All Saints’ was established the relationship continued and was formalised in the arrangement for St Nicolas’ Church Council to appoint one of the Foundation Governors at QE, and vice versa for All Saints’ at St Nicolas’. This results in a tangible commitment to mutual support, and ensures consistently good communication between the schools. The route between the schools is one of those always well-trodden, and many children continue to transfer happily to QE after their time at St Nicolas’. The priest at All Saints’ regularly takes the Act of Worship at St Nicolas’ and the priest from there is a familiar figure at QE too. The children especially really appreciate the continuity – but they are not the only ones. The bottom line is that both schools are dedicated to the promotion of church education. This has a great future in the UK. A faith-based school has firm foundations in values, believes in the importance of the individual, and is not just about measurable achievements. Church schools are centres of excellence certainly, but of love and spirituality too – which we all need to take us safely through our lives.