Renamed church primary school proud of its role in community


A Leicestershire primary school is celebrating a new start as it focusses on its place as a church school at the heart of the local community.


Previously called Weavers Close, it is now known as St Simon and St Jude Church of England Primary School and will celebrate their namesake’s feast day at a church disco and party for the community on 26th October.


With a new vision statement: ‘Living and Learning in the Eyes of God’, the school now aspires to core values of friendship, truthfulness, forgiveness, courage, compassion, and respect. Key Stage 2 Class teacher Mrs Evans and the school worship team have designed and created a new reflection area.


Headteacher Mrs Dolby-Molson said: “As a church school we wanted to emphasise our Christian ethos. We are part of the Church of England primary schools who are known as ‘scandalously inclusive’ because we welcome all, teaching any and all pupils who want to come to us from our local community.


“We’re here for our neighbours at the heart of our community and we are very proud of our school and the children in it.”


Mrs Dolby-Molson said: “We have remodelled the entrance hall to create a more welcoming and inclusive front entrance. Our key values are displayed along with our logo and vision statement and our Bible quote (Psalm 25:4 “Show me your way, Lord. Teach me your path”) so that we have a clear sense of identity reflecting our values.”


There have been lots of exciting new changes including: a new uniform with a logo designed by pupils, a new library to build on recent successes in expanding reading in the school and encouraging a love of reading, outside equipment which now includes a gym and tyre park to allow children to be more active at lunch and break-times.


At the start of term, the school welcomed Carolyn Lewis, Director of the Diocesan Board of Education for the Church of England Diocese in Leicestershire, for a tour round the school and to lead collective worship.


Afterwards Carolyn tweeted about her visit saying: ‘A great joy to visit the newly named St Simon and St Jude CofE primary school in Earl Shilton and lead Collective Worship. The HT and staff, supported by the church and governors have transformed the school.


They also welcomed Donna Moulds Chief Executive Officer of DLAT – the school’s multi academy trust in the summer holidays and after her visit Donna tweeted: ‘How stunning is this library? More amazing photos from the visionary work at the newly renamed St Simon and St Jude Primary.’


On 26th October, the school is inviting local residents to join St Simon and St Jude Church as they host a party to celebrate St Simon and St Jude feast day. The party will be at the parish hall in Earl Shilton from 6.30pm -9.30pm.


There will be a disco with music for all ages, sandwiches, crisps and cake, as well as party bags for the children. Adults can bring their own drinks including alcohol but hot and cold drinks will be available to purchase.


You can read more on the school’s website by clicking here.

First published on: 5th August 2019

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