What it means to us – and to you – that we are a Church of England school…
St Mary’s is a church school. We have established links with the three parishes of Shawbury, Moreton Corbet and Stanton. Our status is “voluntary controlled” which means that we are “controlled” by the Local Authority (Shropshire) as well as having a link with the parish. In addition it means that every three years or so, normally in the same term as our OFSTED, we are inspected under the SIAS (Statutory inspection of Anglican Schools) legislation. The inspection is carried out under the auspices of the National Society acting for the Diocese of Lichfield.
Collective worship involves all members of the school coming together and participating in an assembly.
Legally, collective worship should be ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’. However, we conduct collective worship in a manner that is sensitive to the individual faith or non-faith and beliefs of all members of the school.
We also invite our local clergy Rev David Humphreys and the RAF padre to come and lead worship too.
We teach from half-termly themes in collective worship using a resource called “Values for Life” published by the Diocese of Gloucester.
We have collective worship first thing in the morning and it is a quiet reflective time to start the day with. These reflective times of worship give all children some experience of stillness as well as time to think, talk and celebrate achievements.