St Mary’s Priory Church and Richard Wakefield C of E (VC) Primary School
We have close links with our local Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School. A Church Warden, the Church Treasurer and the Associate Minister are all Foundation Governors and as well as attending the many Governors’ meetings, they play an active part in monitoring aspects of the Curriculum and Collective Worship.
The Rev’d Ian Whitehead and the Rev’d Pip Short lead Collective Worship alternate Wednesdays in school and every term one service of Holy Communion is held in school attended by all the pupils and one for KS2 is held in Church, attended by the Church and School choirs and members of St Mary’s congregation.
All pupils are involved in excellent Christmas and Easter services in church, produced by the school, as well as other services at the beginning and end of terms. The school choir sing in the Sunday services for Mothering Sunday and Harvest Festival, and representatives of the school take part in the Remembrance Day procession round the village, present a wreath at the War Memorial and lead the intercessions.
The children enjoy coming to church and for the Christmas and Easter school services there is an excellent turnout of parents.
All the KS1 children visit the Church as part of their local studies curriculum and learn about the church’s history, the building and its features from members of the church. One of the church wardens leads a Christian Club at school every week.
We look forward to even stronger and continuing connections with the school in the future.
Note: A voluntary controlled school (VC school) is a state-funded school in England and Wales in which a foundation or trust (usually a Christian denomination) has some formal influence in the running of the school.