Churches were the first to provide mass education in England and Wales, and The National Society was founded in 1811 to provide schools for poor children. The National Society still inspect Church Schools today.
The Church of England's purpose in its schools is providing a distinctive and effective education that reflects God's love for humanity. Church of England schools do not try to convert, but rather they give children from many walks of life the opportunity to learn within a Christian environment. In considering new provision the Church of England has an especial care for areas of social and economic disadvantage and for those who have least in life.
Within the context of the Christian faith, we aspire to nurture the spiritual dimension in our children. We embed Christian values at the heart of school life. This is reflected in the behaviour, attitude and performance of learners and staff alike. Teachers "go the extra mile" on behalf of others.
At Torre, Christian Values underpin our ethos and vision for our school. We follow the guidance from the Exeter Diocese for RE. Collective Worship is based on Imaginor's "Roots and Fruits" programme. There is a School Eucharist each month where a focus class is invited to take part in the Eucharist and/or receive a blessing from the Priest.
We also have excellent links with St. John’s Church, Shiphay and Central Church,Torquay. An Open The Book team visit fortnightly to engage the children in "hands on" collective worship.
Other members of the local faith community regularly suppoprt worship at Torre: Kevin Hooke - Newton Abbot Methodist Church; Riviera Life Church; and Upton Vale Baptist Church.
We have supported the RICE Appeal which is an appeal supported by the Church of Shiphay, as well as the running of a homeless shelter held at Central Church. We also raise money for another local charity - ANODE as well as a variety of other local and national charities.