What is a church school?

Church schools have Christian beliefs and values at their heart. This means that every child and adult associated with the school is not just important because they are members of the school but because they are seen as unique individuals within God’s creation.

In Church schools the spiritual aspects of life will be recognised, and nurtured alongside the academic and emotional needs of all.

As a pupil, parent, visitor or member of staff you should find that your church school is as good as any other good school but you should feel that the way the school works is different and distinctive. That distinctive difference will be rooted in Christian values that affect the way everyone is respected.

Church schools are encouraged to:

  • ensure that the school is led by a headteacher who is committed, with the help of staff, to establish and maintain the Christian character of the school in its day to day activities and in the curriculum
  • engage meaningfully in a real act of Christian worship every day
  • offer a school life that incorporates the values of the Christian faith
  • ensure that religious education is taught and that the character and quality of religious education are a particular concern of the headteacher and the governing body
  • observe the major Christian festivals and in schools which other faiths are present ensure that those faiths are able and encouraged to mark their major festivals with integrity
  • maintain and develop an active and affirming relationship with a parish church

Our school as a church school

Everyone who spends time learning and growing at Micklefield CE Primary School, becomes a successful individual with the courage, compassion and creativity to make a difference in the future. We are respectful of God’s world, working together to create a loving and caring community. We live out our school’s Christian ethos through our daily interactions which model our Christian values.

Although we are committed to Christian beliefs and practice, we strive to inform about, and empathise with, all faiths in our world, particularly those represented in school. We promote tolerance, respect and democracy through our teaching of Christian values. All children throughout the school take part in daily Collective Worship, whether in class or as a whole school. Collective worship is an important part of our daily life and enables us to learn about and explore our key Christian values.

Links between Church and School are strong with the clergy leading regular collective worship in school and members of the congregation and clergy serving on the Governing Body. As a school we also regularly visit church for services including Christmas, Easter and school leavers at the end of the summer term, as well as other major events in the Christian calendar.

The teaching of Religious Education is compulsory, and important to us as a church school. We follow the Leeds Agreed Syllabus. The clergy participate in and support curricular activities in school which are exploring areas of RE and church life, for example baptism. We also use the church building as a resource both in children’s direct learning and in their spiritual, cultural and social development.

We are proud to be an integral part of the St Mary’s Church Community.

We also have close links with the Diocese of York – link to their website


This year we cannot have our usual service in St Mary’s due to Covid, but during the last week of school every class will have their individual Christingle Collective worship. They will bring the Christingles home so please do be careful if they want to light the candles again. The Christingle candle collecting boxes have already been given out. Please be as generous as possible because like many charities the Children’s Society fear a drop in donations this year and their work amongst children is still as important as ever. Thank you for your help.


Nativity Trail at St Mary’s

Our Christmas windows are indoors – no trudging around in the wet and cold! Follow the Christmas story from Mary learning she was to give birth to Jesus to the visit of the Wise Men. Somewhere amongst the figures are 19 sheep – can you see them all?

Also at the back of church are 2 boxes: one for tins/packets of food and the other for warm clothes especially coats and track suit bottoms and other warm items. Please help to give a better winter to those in difficulty.


Advent Calendars

All Class 1 were given sticker calendars with a small book telling the Christmas Story. Hope they’re enjoying these!


Midnight Eucharist

Why not start your Christmas celebration by joining us at 11.15pm on Christmas Eve? Hopefully we will be able to sing carols at the beginning and end of the service. 

Wishing everyone every Blessing at Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year.

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22 December 2020

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