Our school is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School.
Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Churches at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.
We are part of the Diocese of York and work actively with our Link Adviser. We are part of the Parish of Baldersby with Dishforth and have two active Foundation governors who regularly visit school and support our distinctiveness as Church of England School. The Vicar, the Reverend Susanne Jukes also contributes to collective worship and RE.
The school meets daily for collective worship, which, as the Education Act states, ‘is wholly or mainly of a broad Christian character, the main emphasis being on the broad traditions of Christian belief.”
Collective worship is an important part of our school day and reflects Anglican beliefs, practices and values in accordance with the requirements of the Trust Deed. Worship themes are planned to help children experience awe and wonder, to promote willingness to reflect on their own experiences and those of others and to learn about the life and teachings of Jesus.
Collective Worship during School Closure
In addition to the Collective Worship and Picture News we are sending families each week, please find below links to further daily worship opportunities:
Beverley Minster have put together some online collective worship that can be accessed by all – they can be found here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNMod0e_ud_At0uESQ2ijCvGcO5YRL2dN
Faith at Home materials from the Church of England provide collective worship that can be accessed from home at https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/faith-home/i-am-school-leader#na
The Diocese of Canterbury Education Department have an excellent resource called ‘William and Lucy Explore Worship at Home’. This special edition has been written to support children and their families in continuing with a simple pattern of worship, while schools are not open. https://www.canterburydiocese.org/childrenandyoungpeople/our-schools/collective-worship/collective-worship-at-home/