Our school sits opposite St. Mary's Church, and is an 'aided' school (a church school aided by the Local Authority). It was first set up in 1885 by the Seys and Bridges Trust, the source of our endowment, and our church continues to be very influential in all we do. The governing body includes Reverend Peter Francis, and determines the Religious Education Syllabus taught at the school. This sympathetically absorbs the Gloucestershire Agreed RE syllabus, which blends the core teachings of Christianity with knowledge and understanding of other religions. Staff and governors are appointed with our Christian ethos in mind.
St Mary's, Woodchester
Each Monday morning, members of the church ministry lead Collective Worship and 'Open the Book' where stories from the Bible are brought to life in a visual way through a series of short plays.
'Open the Book'
Here is a scene from Epiphany.
Services and Messy Church
The school holds at least four church services a year, and once a term the church opens its doors for a creative frenzy at 'Messy Church', which is open to all children in the community. Many school children and their families come to the Christingle and crib services, and Sunday morning services make special arrangements and inspiration for Junior Church.