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Christian Ethos

Our five Christian values of compassion, forgiveness, friendship, hope and wisdom,  underpin all that we do at the School. Throughout the curriculum and through worship pupils encounter and consider these values and the impact on their learning and lives.

 

Daily worship is provided at the school for all pupils across all years from Reception to Sixth Form. This takes place either in year groups as collective worship or in tutor spaces with a daily act of worship and reflection taking place. Furthermore, there is opportunity each term for pupils to take part in a Communion service. Additional times of worship take place at key times in the year, such as Harvest, St George’s Day and Easter, with pupils actively involved.

‘Collective worship in Foundation Schools with a religious character and voluntary schools will be in accordance with the school's trust deed. Where provision is not made by a trust deed, the worship should be in accordance with the beliefs of the religion or denomination specified for the school.’  DfE– A guide to the law for school governors: Religious Foundation and voluntary schools.

Collective Worship is usually taken by members of staff or members of the local Clergy from various churches. Through our ‘Clergy Adoption Scheme’ pupils are able to get to know their link member of the Clergy.  A number of the clergy deliver regular acts of worship in the gym, sports hall and drama studio (Sixth Form in the drama studio) to the groups who have ‘adopted’ them. The current pairings are as follows:

PRIMARY Revd. Jan Durrans (St Peter's) and Revd. Rhodri Walters (St Peter's Baptist)
year 7 Revd. Philip Musindi (St Andrew’s)
Year 8 Revd. Stuart Gay (St Philip’s)
Year 9 Luke Johnson (Salvation Army, Minster)
Year 10 Revd. Rhodri Walters (St Peter’s Baptist Church)
Year 11 Revd. Dr Stephen Cave (Queen’s Road Baptist Church)
Sixth Form Revd. Aptin Samedi (St Philip’s)

 

At lunchtime, a member of the clergy is sometimes available in The Heart, or one of the other lunchtime venues, on a rota throughout the term. Prayer is available for pupils, staff or families through the clergy.

The school also provides prayer groups for parents and weekly clergy prayer and pastoral support for staff. Also, there are a number of local initiatives for promoting Christian values and a Christian ethos within schools that we support. Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Director of Christian Ethos, Mr Chris Knight.