Llantilio Pertholey Church in Wales Primary School
In God we believe, together we achieve
Llantilio Pertholey, is a voluntary controlled Church in Wales Primary School in the town of the "gateway to Wales" Abergavenny.
The school strives to offer a rounded, broad curriculum that meets the needs of all of our children.
The school believes that learning should be inspiring and engaging to encourage children’s social, academic, personal and emotional development.
By encouraging respect, love and care for each other and valuing the opportunities and experiences they offer, they motivate the children to grow and learn together.
Children are encouraged to become self-confident and independent learners and the school works in close partnership with parents and the local community to achieve high standards of work and behaviour.
The headteacher of Llantilio Pertholey, Helen King, explains the Christian vision for the school
Our school badge reads: In God we believe, together we achieve. Our school is a very close-knit Christian community who look after each other and support each other in every way. The children learn that they are never alone. There is always someone to turn to: God, friends, teachers, family and the church.
All of the staff know the children in our school really well and we share responsibility for the welfare of every child in the school. We believe that the whole community has an essential part to play in the growth and development of our children. Community gives our children a sense of belonging and is crucial to the building of their identity. At the heart of everything we do is our Christian faith and the knowledge that God is with us and guiding us every step of the way.
I am passionate that children who feel loved and who feel that they belong are empowered and fully ready to learn. This is the key to ensuring that every child really does meet their true potential in every aspect of their lives.
This year has seen a focus on the Religious Education curriculum with the introduction of the Understanding Christianity scheme. Children across the school have had the opportunity to develop skills and understanding through a variety of lessons and activities. Julie James who is leading this across the school has attended training delivered by the diocese and is now mapping the scheme across the school. She is enjoying the challenge developing the lessons and the children are embracing this new approach to RE.
Children from across the school are working on a display for the hall to represent the core concepts of the new scheme. This will be used for teaching and worship.
Milo, the wellbeing dog, is a key member of staff at Llantilio Pertholey.
He visits regularly throughout the week. Milo is both a friend and a support to everyone in the school.
Children have told staff that he makes them feel calmer if they are upset.
Staff feel that by children taking on responsibility for Milo, such as taking him on his daily walk, they develop essential skills.
St Teilo's Church
The school has close links with their local church St Teilo's.
Father Julian explains more:
My relationship with Llantilio Pertholey Church in Wales Primary School is one of the most important aspects of my ministry. Each pupil is loved, valued, and encouraged to achieve their full potential as a precious child of God.
Central to this culture of Christian nurture are the twelve ‘Values’ that form the basis for Collective Worship and Assemblies. These are Respect, Compassion, Trust, Peace, Humility, Thankfulness, Courage, Justice, Truthfulness, Perseverance, Responsibility and Forgiveness.
Although deeply Christian, these twelve Values are universal in their appeal and therefore include children of other faiths and those who have no faith background.
It is both a joy and a privilege to be part of a school that has a strong Christian ethos, and that is something that I feel as soon as I enter the grounds and building.Father Julian Gray Priest in Charge, Llantilio Pertholey