Archbishop of York’s Church of England Junior School recognises each child as an individual. Through an open culture of respect and self belief, we aim to deliver the highest possible quality of education based on a foundation of Christian values and practice.
We are very proud of our Church School status which is central to the ethos of the school and permeates all aspects of its life. We believe that Jesus Christ is at the heart of all that we do and we endeavour to deliver his message to all the children who attend AYJS.
All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the Church of England Education Office's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The SIAMS Evaluation Schedule sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. AYJS was rated 'Outstanding' at our last SIAMS inspection in November 2016.
Religious Education Curriculum
Religious Education assumes an important role in our school curriculum and is a fundamental feature of school life generally. The Religious Education curriculum aims to develop the child’s awareness of religion and the religious beliefs and practices, which influence the lives of so many people. Religious Education is part of the basic curriculum, and contributes to the overall aims of education to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils at the school and to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
It is taught in accordance with the requirements of the City of York Agreed Syllabus. Parents retain the right to withdraw their children on religious grounds from this subject.
Collective Worship is organised on a whole school basis, and is led by staff, clergy, visitors and the pupils themselves. One of the ways our school expresses its Christian character is by having services in our local church each term, and by enjoying a weekly visit from the local Church of England vicar and curate who make valuable contributions towards the religious and moral fabric of the school. Please see our Collective Worship page where we also have our worship plan for the term.
Our school has a Worship Team which is a group of year 5 and 6 children who help plan and lead daily worship in school. They meet each half term to discuss worship themes, bible stories and Christian messages to share with the school.
JAM Club (Jesus and Me Club)
We run a weekly JAM club and a termly Messy Church. All children are welcome. We have a great team of leaders who are ready to welcome children to come and share a snack, have fun, learn about Bible heroes and stories, play games, do crafts and quizzes, make music, pray together and have a great time.