Kirkdale, St. Lawrence is a Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School which means we have a Christian character and ethos. The development of social, spiritual and emotional intelligence of children at Kirkdale, St. Lawrence is as important as academic achievement.
Church schools are not 'faith schools' for Christians but Christian schools for all and are committed to serving the needs of the local community.
Church of England Primary schools offer a vision of human flourishing for all, one that embraces excellence and academic rigour, but sets them in a wider framework.
The framework has four basic elements:
In line with the Church of England's role as the established Church, is for the common good of the whole community and its environment, whether national, regional or local. It is hospitable to diversity, respects freedom of religion and belief, and encourages others to contribute from the depths of their own traditions and understandings. It invites collaboration, alliances, negotiation of differences, and the forming of new settlements in order to serve the flourishing of a healthy plural society and democracy, together with a healthy plural education system.