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Selwood Academy is unique in that it is the only Anglican/Methodist middle school in the country.

The school is keen to ensure it is not just unique by name but by nature too, through the way it develops its spiritual ethos.

The school’s motto is ‘Each child is my child’ and actively promotes this by staff being a presence around the school outside lessons, (before school, at break times and after school) smiling and engaging in conversation with an individual they do not know so that each child feels valued and the opportunities for problems arising such as through bullying are kept to a minimum.

Spirituality within the school is being constantly developed to improve our warm, friendly, caring ethos, for all. Also, teachers look for ways within their lessons to promote ‘awe and wonder’, through engaging activities, times of reflection, exploration of who we are, and through higher level questions, leading to a variety of responses and interpretations.

Pupils will want to do their best if they believe they matter to their school as unique individuals capable of growing in spirit, making responsible moral decisions and enjoying the fruits of human creativity. Experiences and relationships throughout the school must convince them of their value as individuals. Teachers here at Selwood aim to help pupils achieve their potential as human beings first, not just their potential in exams. The school motto ‘Each child is my child’  truly means something to us all.
Each year group takes the lead in organising a service. Year 5 hold a welcome service in Wesley Methodist Church. Moving chronologically through the Christian calendar, Year 6 organise the Harvest service, Year 5 the Nativity, Year 7 the Easter service and Year 8 hold their Leavers Service in Wells Cathedral.

A Christian Union group has been formed, meeting at Tuesdays after school, forging closer links with the local community, such as visiting a local care home, supporting local charities, and they even won a prestigious award for their efforts. They also contribute to the Parish News and display information about Selwood at the local churches. Writing competitions have led to a number of pupils writing prayers that are used in Acts of Worship and overt displays of a Christian nature are being developed around the school site. A thought for the day is also available for teachers to use with their pupils.

Further details are provided through the school’s church Self Evaluation Form, a copy of which is kept in the Head’s office.


“When I look up at thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars set in place by thee,  what is man…….” Psalm 8 v 3-4

“Suddenly from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realise this is   Earth…home. (Edgar Mitchell – Apollo 14)


The Haven
  • A Spiritual Space at Selwood for all pupils and staff to discover and explore spirituality.
  • A welcoming room hospitable for those of faith or of no faith.
  • A place to experience the possibility of a God who loves them, cares for them, wants to hear them and speak to them.
  • A space to experience through quiet or in creative ways e.g. music, to engage with something greater than themselves (GOD).
  • A location in school to think about the world, the UK, and our local community.
  • A place for pupils to find out more about themselves.
  • A place to find calm, to be alone or be with friends, to reflect, think, talk to God (if you choose that), meditate and/or pray.
  • A place to say sorry/ make amends with others. To reconcile friendships or talk about problems.




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