Quakerism at Sidcot
Quaker values are at the heart of Sidcot. We aim to create a community that sees the good in everyone, where each person is encouraged to take responsibility for their actions and to respect one another. A special characteristic of the school is the support that our students give to each other. This especially enables new students to settle quickly.
Quakers believe in living life adventurously and letting their lives speak. We promote these values by inspiring students to challenge ideas and ask questions in order to gain a deeper understanding of our world. We support them in taking action and making things happen, rather than just talking about what might be possible.
Our students are given the freedom to succeed and the support to grow as individuals with their wide range of talents recognised.
We respect all members of our community equally. This results in open, friendly and courteous relationships between staff and pupils. The multi-cultural and inclusive nature of the school embraces children from a variety of backgrounds and countries, making teaching very interesting and providing life-enhancing experiences for our pupils.
An important event in our week occurs when we all gather in our Meeting for Worship. This whole school meeting which is led by our Quaker Elders (student Quaker representatives) is held in silence for quiet reflection, but also provides opportunities for any student to speak and be heard by the school community. This truly empowering experience is unique and helps to contribute to the calm and friendly atmosphere that our students and staff find so supportive and reassuring.
What does this mean to our students?
The weekly meeting contributes to the calm nature of the school, bringing the students and staff together where everyone has an equal voice and opportunity to speak. Our younger children learn to sit quietly and listen attentively to their peers, beginning to appreciate one another’s opinion and views. They build confidence in what they are thinking and belief. Students learn to gather their thoughts and might feel moved to speak.