The Church and the School
St. Paul's Church, Kewstoke
Worlebury St. Paul's is a Church of England Voluntary Aided School. An Aided School is a trust, a privilege and an opportunity. These schools with their sites, buildings and often endowments of land, property or funds were given by our forefathers for a purpose. This is, "The education of children according to the principles of the Church of England." (Extract from - The Aided Schools Handbook).
Our school is linked with the parish of St Paul and St Lawrence which is part of the new Benefice by the Sea and led by the Rev Gail Thomas. It is within Locking Deanery, part of the Diocese of Bath and Wells. Every effort is made to strengthen the link between School and Church. Children will visit and worship at St Paul's Church, Kewstoke and St Lawrence's Church, Wick on occasions during the school year and Rev Gail Thomas visits Worlebury School to lead our Family Worship every fortnight.
Due to Health and Safety reasons we cannot walk down to St. Paul's Church via Monks Hill and therefore we will ask for a voluntary contribution towards the cost of transport there. Although this is an expensive option to travel to our nearest church, we believe it is money well spent to ensure your child’s safety. The walk back up to school from the church will be risk assessed for each event. The children would also need transport to and from St. Lawrence's Church, which is also in our parish, as this is in Wick St. Lawrence.
Parents, families and the community are welcomed to join us every Thursday. This is a special worship that is led by the Headteacher, a member of the clergy or our children.
As a Voluntary Aided Primary School we belong to a family of church schools within the Bath and Wells Diocese. Central to the mission and work of our diocese is the belief that every child and young person with whom we work should have the opportunity for a life enhancing encounter with Jesus Christ.
There is an act of collective worship every day and grace is said before the midday meal and prayers end the school day. Therefore, the children are regularly reminded of God's presence and his teachings in their daily life at Worlebury St Paul’s Primary School. We also have three lovely outdoor spiritual areas and many indoor spiritual spaces where children can be still, pray and reflect.
Stories from the Old and New Testaments are told to the children weekly in worship. Rev Gail Thomas, who visits us regularly, teaches about the seasons and festivals of the Church Year and the major Christian festivals are celebrated in school.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from acts of Christian worship and Religious Education and should inform the school in writing if they wish to do so. In these circumstances, a child will be asked to work in another classroom with work prepared by the class teacher.