Kelvedon Academy is a church school and has three church governors (now known as directors as we are an academy). Two are appointed by the Chelmsford Diocese following a recommendation by our vicar, the third is appointed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) the elected group of people who help run the church alongside the Church Wardens and Vicar. The Vicar is an ex officio member of the school's governing body.
The church, Vicar and the three school directors take their role very speciously. The directors are all very active within the school, one currently is chair of the finance committee, another is vice chair. They are responsible for ensuring the school has Christian values, that is has Christian assemblies and is seen to be a Church School.
In February 2016 the school was rated Outstanding by Ofsted and November it was also rated an Outstanding Church School following the church inspection of Church Schools, known as SIAMS, that happen after an Ofsted inspection.
The Church Outreach Group, members of the congregation, regularly goes into school to lead assemblies, take Messy Church to school, help make the Easter Garden, help with school communion services etc, as well as running events for individual classes in church, such as Year 4 Churchyard Detectives and the EYFS first visit to church in the autumn term.
The Church Outreach Groups' first school event in 2017 was to teach Year 6 to knit as part of their Make do and Mend learning.
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The Church Outreach Team welcomed Year One from Kelvedon Primary Academy to Church in June 2018. The children had a chance to explore the church and churchyard. They learnt about some Bible stories and Christian Festivals.
On the 18th May 2018, St Mary's Academy created their very own Royal Wedding! Year 6 children made up the Wedding Party, Royal Family and other special guests. The rest of the School was also in attendance. This was a great and memorable event, with the wedding ceremony held at St Mary's. Please see some photos of the day below.
The Church Outreach Team had great messy fun with Reception doing Messy Easter. We made palm waving people from loo rolls, a bowl of water with foot and towel to represent Jesus washing this disciples' feet, made very messy hand prints on a huge cross and empty tomb biscuits. We had some bread and "wine " and talked about the last supper and the meaning of Easter. There was some very enthusiastic singing of the appropriate song, Celebrate. A very happy afternoon was had by all.
Our vision is To inspire in every child a love of learning and the confidence to explore, grow and achieve as individuals.
As the newly appointed Chair on the Interim Executive Board (IEB) I am delighted to say that the school is to be ably led by Interim Headteacher, Doretta Cowie for the foreseeable future. With the support and encouragement of all of us the new team of teachers and other staff will be working hard to ensure that every child in the school has the best opportunity to develop and achieve in a warm, inclusive community.
Parents are welcome as a vital part of the community – supporting children in their learning and supporting the staff and IEB in a positive and productive environment. We aim to ensure that every child who has a place will make good personal and academic progress, enjoy their learning and feel safe, secure and happy. Sometimes though, parents may have concerns and they should first discuss them with the class teacher, then if necessary the headteacher and as a last resort consider whether or not to make a formal complaint. Please note there is a revised and updated Complaints Policy available to download on the policies page.