At The Priory we follow the teachings of Christ. We promote Christian values and all pupils are educated in the beliefs and devotional practices of the Church of England.
The importance of prayer is evident throughout school. The children are encouraged to learn and share prayers during the school day, together with grace meals and traditional prayers of the Church that are taught with our curriculum. Each class has a prayer book, to record and share their favourite and own personal prayers.
The SDBE RE scheme is followed throughout the school. This is supplemented by work on the saints and stories from the Old and New Testaments, Circle time sessions and Personal, Social and Health Education. All pupils learn about other religions and cultures and are encouraged to show respect and acknowledgement for the beliefs of others through open discussion and shared experiences. This is reflected through the involvement of pupils, both within school and the wider local community.
Participation in daily collective act of worship remains at the helm of every school day and within RE lessons. Every class in Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2 prepares and leads a class collective worship throughout the year, with parents and families warmly welcomed. Children plan, lead and participate in special collective worships during the school year which are linked to our Christian virtues or are timed to coincide with events in the Church’s calendar.
We have collective worship each day. They are led by the head teacher, deputy head, assistant head teachers and our members of Holy Trinity Church: Reverend Mark Eminson (Team Rector) and Reverend Belemo Alagoa (Assistant Priest). We also regularly invite visitors to come and lead collective worship, for example from the local community or local and school supported charities.
At The Priory our collective worships link to the Christian calendar and also other key events in the school year, that need to be celebrated, discussed and valued. Our annual plan for collective worship, also links to the 4Rs and our PSHE themes.
We endeavour to ensure collective worship allows pupils and staff, the time to gather, engage, respond and send forth, ensuring a time for personal reflection and that we take that reflection away and apply it to our own lives.
Valuing All God's Children
The Church of England is committed to an education that enables people to live life in all its fullness and fulfils the words of Jesus in John 10:10