Church links to St Matthews

As a Church of England Primary School we have close links with St Matthew’s CE Church.  The Vicar, Rev. Chris Wicks is one of our school Governors; once a week members of the Clergy ( Jon and  Claire Carroll ) lead our Act of Collective Worship and at least five times a year we hold services in the church to celebrate important events in the church and school calendar. We are fortunate to have strong links with the St Matthew’s Youth and Pastoral Leader, ( Jon Carroll)  who leads weekly worship, and supports children with “Ignite” lunch club which runs on a Tuesday lunchtime. This is a provision at lunchtime which aids the children’s emotional and spiritual development.

Our Distinctive Christian Values which permeate throughout the school are:

  • Honesty
  • Kindness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

These values were identified by the Children, Staff, Parents and Governors to be the ones which were felt to be the most significant to our school. These values are reviewed by all stakeholders with other Christian values being addressed in teaching and learning throughout the school year. We currently have some children in Year 5 who are members of our “Leading Lights” group. These children help to lead Worship with School Leaders. They are currently being trained in this area and are visiting other local schools to gain ideas and share good practise!

Here is a link to St Matthews CE Church website should you wish to gain any further information about our linked Church:

Here are some photographs that have been taken when our Year One children were working as Vicars!


Year One vicars


Children have shared their ideas on what the value of “Kindness” looks like by referring to stories from the Bible. Children from Year 1 went to visit the Church, they were learning all about the jobs a Vicar does, a baby was Christened with Holy Water!children at church