We are a Church School, affiliated to St Peter and St Paul, Saltwood

The school, although a maintained school, has a Church of England Saltwood Church“aided” status.  This means that the Church nominates the majority of Governors.  We consider it reasonable to assume that parents who send their children here are sympathetic to the Christian character of the school. We attend our church for worship for special festivals such as Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Ascension as well as every other week during the term.  The Governors are responsible for the running of the school and regularly meet to discuss the development of the school.  The school retains strong links with the Kent County Council but is directed by the Canterbury Diocesan Board of Education.

Our roots are firmly planted in the Church of England and, to this day, a strong and active association continues.  The date of the school’s foundation is believed to be 1723.  In the 1830’s there was only an infant school built opposite the Green.  In 1852 our Old School was erected in School Road providing education for infants and junior children.  This was demolished some years ago to make way for new housing.  The present new school was opened in 1968 and in 1999 and 2006 underwent further development.

Messy Church is held in school on the third Saturday of each month from 4.00 until 6.00pm, except in August and December.

Christian Values

Our Christian Values are those of Love, Creativity and Strength.

We encourage our children to believe that they can help to make the world a better place, as shown in Luke 5: 17-27:

We hear how some men carried their paralysed friend to be healed by Jesus. Because of the crowd they could find no way into the house where he was. So they carried him up to the roof, made an opening in the tiles, and let him down on his bed in to the middle of the group in front of Jesus. Jesus, seeing how much faith they had, healed the man and sent him home. In this story we can see our school values brought to life through action. The men showed love for their friend by taking him to Jesus, they showed creativity in finding a way to get through the crowd and strength in working together to place him in front of Jesus. We help our children to become strong and confident learners, who believe in themselves and develop the skills they need to make a positive difference in the world.

How then do we live?

Our Christian Values of Love, Creativity and Strength inform our curriculum which in turn aims to develop children’s independence, self-expression, resilience, communication skills, creativity, self-belief, enquiry skills and understanding of diversity.

Each value also emphasises the qualities of each part of the Trinity.

Each of the key values have been subdivided into different aspects such as love into friendship, compassion, kindness and respect: creativity into curiosity and wisdom and strength into resilience, courage and self-discipline.  Each theme is clearly linked to a Bible story and a “big question” such as, “Are people who are happy more thankful than those who are not?”

Here we are enjoying, celebrating and demonstrating our values: embedded during work and play.

Class 1 enjoyed creating Bible story pictures.  “We show creativity in our lessons by working together using different materials to illustrate the story”

“We show strength because we keep going and never give up” Sophie, Class 3

“We show love by listening to each other’s ideas” William, Class 3.

“We show love by caring for our friends” Chloe, Class 3.

We firmly believe that academic success is just one part of our school and we aim to develop our pupils in all areas.  We place a high priority on children behaving in a respectful way to adults and their peers and we consider that every child is special.

In addition the themes are nurtured in different ways.  This includes:

  • Our daily act of worship
  • Class and school displays
  • In reflection corners
  • In our spiritual garden
  • In our wide ranging acts of charitable giving
  • In our positive interactions with and between all members of the school and local community
  • In our focus on skills for learning and in particular resilience and perseverance.

We firmly believe that academic success is just one part of our school and we aim to develop our pupils in all areas.  We place a high priority on children behaving  in a respectful way to adults and their peers and we consider that every child is special.

The pupils demonstrate a huge compassion for those less fortunate than themselves and have raised considerable sums over the past few years for local, national and international charities.  Many of the events have been organised by the pupils themselves including an annual House Charity Day.  They have also been involved in Blue Peter fund raising, Red Nose Day and Children in Need to name but a few.

We also send regular donations to the Patachala School in Hyderbad, India to support their work.

The Trinity

The children have a secure understanding of the Trinity.  They have been involved in creating a banner which illustrates this:  children within the school designed the illustrations that show God the Father and God the Son.  Each child brought in a white button which was sewn on to a white dove to show God the Holy Spirit.

Christian Festivals

We celebrate Christian Festivals each year including:


Our Harvest Festival service is held yearly at St Peter and St Paul Church and parents are welcome to attend. We invite the children to bring gifts that will be presented and blessed during the service.  For many years the gifts have been distributed by Age UK and The Folkestone Rainbow Centre.

October 2021 – Harvest Offerings

Autumn 2021 has seen us re-starting our attendance at church after the disruption caused by Covid19.  We were delighted to celebrate our Harvest service with Rev Barry at the end of September.

In 2020 we were not able to gather to hold our usual remembrance service in the church or at the Saltwood war memorial. Instead, on Armistice day at 11am, Emilia and Charlie, who both had relatives that served in WW2, laid a wreath from our school to demonstrate how we are all grateful for the sacrifices made in past conflicts.


Christmas – Giving Tree Assembly

This is a special assembly where the children are asked to give some of their own pocket money to be donated to charity. This year we supported the Salvation Army. Each child made a special container at home and filled it with as much as they could offer. The gifts were placed around the tree in our Giving Tree Assembly.

The children’s generosity raised an amazing £746.34 for the Salvation Army this year!


Lent boxes are available for the children to collect for charities during the Lent period, perhaps by donating their sweet money or 20p pieces.


Easter is always celebrated at Saltwood School culminating with an end of term service at Church.


We start the day with a service at our Church to celebrate Jesus’ ascension into Heaven, as described in Luke Chapter 24 v 51.  Following this the whole school carries out activities in the community:  it splits into four groups and visits local beauty spots such as Brockhill Park and the Castle Valley.


Acts of Worship

Family Service in Church

A service for all the family is held on the first Sunday in every month at St Peter and St Paul Church, Saltwood.   The service is always advertised on our weekly Parents’ Newsletter. From February 2017 the children will be singing on a regular basis in the family service.

Messy Church

Messy Church takes place in the school building on a regular basis.

Sunday Club

Since February 2016 Sunday Club has been held in St Peter’s Room at Saltwood Church where children from three to eleven years of age are warmly invited to attend.  Older children are most welcome to help. The children and Sunday Club helpers will join the congregation for the beginning of the service (9.30am) and then go to St Peter’s Room for craft and activities, returning for a blessing during Communion.  Finally, the morning’s crafts will be shown to the Leader and congregation.

We do hope your child is able to join us!