The Church and the School
The 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.)
Every effort is made to strengthen the link between School and Church. A corporate act of worship is held in St Paul's Church or St Peter's Church on occasions during the school year.
Due to Health and Safety reasons we cannot walk to the Church via Monks Hill, and therefore we will ask for a voluntary contribution towards the cost of transport. 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 children can walk safely to St Peter's Church, with which we are also linked.
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.
The Vicar also comes to school once a month to take worship with the children. During the course of the year Rev Geoff will lead Agape with the school community. We also have other members of the church parish who come to lead worship.
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.
Stories from the Old and New Testaments are told to the children weekly in worship. The Parish Vicar visits us regularly and teaches about the seasons and festivals of the Church Year and the major Christian festivals are celebrated in school. A variety of evangelists visit the school several times a term.
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.