Church School Distinctiveness
Welcome to Bellefield School from the two Vicars!
Reverend Rob Reverend Allan
For historic reasons, our school relates to two Anglican Parishes and therefore, has two vicars – Allan Coutts, Vicar of St Thomas’ and Rob Thomas, Rector of St James’. We are both really looking forward to working with the new Head Teacher at Bellefield School.
Bellefield was formed in 2008 by the amalgamation of the former Parochial Junior and Margaret Stancomb Infants schools. Parochial Church of England VC School was originally situated opposite St James’ Church, but in 1967 moved into new buildings on the present site in Windermere Road, which lies within St Thomas’ Parish – hence the unusual dual affiliation. Although Margaret Stancomb was not a church school, it was agreed that the new Bellefield School would retain VC status and is now the only remaining Church of England school in Trowbridge.
We believe that being a church school ‘adds value’ to the whole school experience for pupils, teachers and parents. The children attend both churches for services at Christmas and Easter, as well as interactive events (such as the Easter Experience and the Life Exhibition). We both regularly lead assembly, while Allan also serves as a Foundation Governor, and the school is able to access courses and advisors from Salisbury Diocese as well as Wiltshire Council. Other church members serve as Foundation Governors and help to lead assemblies, and both congregations have supported the recent Spiritual Garden project. We believe that both school and church communities are enriched through our longstanding partnership and look forward to an exciting future for our School and new Nursery.
With all good wishes
Allan Coutts and Rob Thomas
Collective Worship and Religious Education - Terms 3 and 4 19/20
Our Year 6 students recently presented a Valentine’s assembly on love and how God is said to be the author of the word ‘love’. He didn’t just say the word ‘love’ he showed us his love. We celebrated that love just two months ago at Christmas when we remembered that God sent his son Jesus to the world to demonstrate just what God’s love was like. The children read a passage from the Bible about love, this passage is often read at weddings:
Love is patient
Love is kind
Love isn’t jealous
It’s not rude
It’s not selfish
Love doesn’t get upset with other people
Love doesn’t keep a list of all the wrong things people do.
Love isn’t happy with evil but happy with the truth.
Love patiently accepts all things.
It always trusts
And always remains strong.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
Upcoming Events - During the week of March 9th we will celebrate the Hindu Festival of HOLI, also known as the Festival of Colours. Each class across the school will learn about the importance of this event to Hindus and the children participate in an arts and crafts activity which they exhibit in a whole school assembly on 16th March.
We are also looking forward to becoming involved in the project, PRAYER SPACE, which will enable our students to explore faith, spirituality and life’s big questions in a safe, creative and interactive way. Look out for our PRAYER WALL display!
You are welcome to join us for the following services we will be celebrating this term:
Wednesday, 1st April Easter Service 10:00 am at St Thomas Church
Our Key Values
Our key values of respect, responsibility, courage, honesty and friendship underpin everything we do. As well as a stimulating and exciting environment which promotes spiritual development, our whole staff commitment to caring for the whole child are the main strengths of our school.
Each class has a spiritual area.
We have excellent links with St Thomas’ and St James’ Churches.
Our Y5 children lead our special Christmas and Easter services.