Our Christian Ethos

DSC00013The church and school work closely together, focusing on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all members of the school community.

DSC00063Daily acts of Collective Worship  are important forums for sustaining and developing our ethos. Each Collective Worship follows a four part plan to include welcome, learning, reflecting and responding.

richardThe Rector from St Matthew’s Church visits fortnightly to lead whole school Collective Worship linked to our Christian values.

We also welcome the team from ‘Open the Book’, who lead worship fortnightly in the Village Hall, based on current Church celebrations and Bible stories.

We took a survey amongst our school community asking for people to choose the Christian values most relevant to us and the results were: compassion, trust and perseverance. We are now focusing on embedding these in all we do.

A Statement on Worship

Worship team planning worship with Louise from Yo-Yo

Worship team planning worship with Louise from Yo-Yo

Collective Acts of Worship take place on a daily basis.

Our acts of worship are mainly Christian in nature though special occasions and festivals of other cultures and religions are recognised and valued. It is a parent’s right to request that their child be excused from acts of collective worship.

Parents are welcome at all church services and celebration worship at set times during the year.

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Leading Whole School Collective Worship


We have a Worship Team (nominated by the pupils) who plan, lead and evaluate our worship. They are working closely with the Yo-Yo team as we seek to develop our worship further.

Planning using our four part plan

Planning using our four part plan

The Worship Team has recently planned and led Whole School Collective Worship and has evaluated some Collective Worship too. They have worked with Yo-Yo to organise and lead a Prayer-Space Day in St Matthew’s Church, based on our three core values. Every child in school worked through six ‘stations’ including a bubble tube to write down their prayers and worries, a world map to think about people across the world who are in need and a lego tower, adding a brick for each thing you are thankful for.

After this, they will work with the team from St Barnabas CE Primary to lead a whole school Collective Worship together.