Our school has a very valuable relationship with our local churches; Holy Trinity Church and Bethel Chapel. This relationship is important because of our own Christian ethos, and it provides our children and their families with a vital connection to the wider Church.
Together, the school, church and chapel share all of the school’s yearly milestones such as our summer service and the annual remembrance service. We celebrate and come together in worship at important events in the Christian calendar - Christmas, Easter and Harvest Festival. We also join together in a special Ascension Service with Cathedral Primary school - another church school in Ripon.
We are very fortunate to have Ripon Cathedral close to us and throughout the year we support events there through our contributions in song, art, drama and performance. Occasions at the cathedral are very special and provide opportunites for children to experience acts of worship which are inclusive in their nature and spiritual in their essence.
Many of our staff have personal connections with the church, and staff from Holy Trinity Church serve on our board of governors. We are delighted to welcome representatives from the church to lead Collective Worship and entertain the children whilst giving them opportunities to reflect on important issues at levels which they can understand.
We share regular worship with Bethel Chapel who help us focus on the bible, the teaching of Jesus and messages of love, hope and faith.
Throughout the year there are lots of opportunities for our children to share in the life of the church - having breakfast at Holy Trinity, attending Junior Church at Bethel, joining in with holiday clubs, after-school events and occasional festivals.
While our school welcomes children from all religious traditions as well of those with no religion, we feel that it is important for them all to develop an understanding of the Christian faith and the role it plays in modern society.