Church School Distinctiveness
Welcome to Bellefield School from the two Vicars:
Reverend Allan Reverend Jake
For historic reasons, our school relates to two Anglican Parishes and therefore, has two vicars – Allan Coutts, Vicar of St Thomas’ and Jake Eggertsen, Rector of St James’.
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. 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 Nursery.
With all good wishes
Allan Coutts and Jake Eggertsen
Collective Worship and Religious Education - Term 1 2022
During our first term, we have focused on our key values through bible stories such as The Story of the Generous Widow, The Return of the Prodigal Son and Matthew 7:12. During Black History Month we look at the lives of Mya Angelou and Mary Seacole recognising the impact they had on others and at the end of the first term, we look at the story of Rama and Sita in recognition of Diwali on 24th October.
Our year 6 children support with the delivery of collective worship and recently read the powerful poem of Mya Angelou - Life doesn't frighten me at all.
We have been fortunate enough in term 1 to have visits from both of our Vicars - Reverend Allan and Reverend Jake as well as a visit from Open the Book.
We also celebrated and honoured the life of the Queen.
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.