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St Andrew

Community relations

St Andrew the Apostle Free School will foster good community relations and promote active contribution to modern British society:

  • The school is based on the Christian beliefs of the Greek Orthodox church and as such will actively encourage tolerance and respect for pupils (and people beyond the school) of all faiths and none. The school is outward looking, serving its local and school-based community. We have already made very positive contacts with a range of local primary schools (CofE, RC and community) in Enfield and Barnet and with independent preparatory schools. The Cockfosters Residents Association, the Church of England, Roman Catholic Church and Methodist Church in the area are all highly supportive and keen to develop the school as a community hub.
  • Pupils are actively encouraged to join in Community Service in the local area as part of our extended provision and to become involved in long-term commitments to charitable local organisations. As governors we expect our Headteacher to monitor the participation of pupils in a whole range of extra-curricular activities – to ensure that no gender, religious or ethnic group is under-represented in any pursuit. This will contribute to the school community and building its role in the wider community.

We will set up working partnerships with other schools, not only the feeder primary schools but also with other local secondary schools. Working on the principle that good practice must be shared, we will develop networks with other schools focusing on areas such as teaching and learning and the curriculum. For example, it might be helpful for all local schools to participate in regular meetings focusing on the effective delivery of modern foreign languages, which in itself will support attainment within the English Baccalaureate. The intention is that this is an area in which St Andrew the Apostle Free School will excel. RET is giving all its Free Schools access to a languages VLE, engendering communication between pupils in identified modern foreign languages.

We will continue to work with Enfield Council and the Diocesan Boards of Education to ensure that St Andrews makes a positive contribution to their existing family of schools.

We believe that schools should be at the heart of the community.  We would like our school to be a ‘learning hub’, remaining open until late in the evening to offer a broad range of clubs and courses for people of all ages. 

We aim to be a first choice community school not just for parents and students, but also for those who work with us – including future staff, suppliers and external partners.

We encourage our students and staff to be involved in a range of community-based activities as an integral part of their education at St Andrew the Apostle School.

In order to make this as successful as possible, we will work with the local authority and our community partners to identify real community needs that we could support, and which will develop the skills of our staff and students.

We intend to engage with the community through pupil participation, for example through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and embedded community service as part of the curriculum itself so that we develop well-organised and fruitful relationships with local groups.

Right from the start, Y7 students will actively participate in our student council.

In line with our vision for a community school, we also seek to recruit locally and to use local suppliers where at all possible.

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