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Minster Church of England Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


Links with our church, St Mary The Virgin Church

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Minster Primary School has strong and close links with St Mary’s Church.


The Vicar, Revd Richard Braddy, is a Foundation Governor and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body. Rev Richard leads Collective Worship regularly and enjoys working alongside the School Christian Ambassadors. The other Foundation Governor, Liz Shervington, is an active member of the church family, serves on the church PCC and, as a former TA, is a well-known face around the school.


The school visits the church regularly for services and educational visits.

Special services are held at the church for the whole school including Harvest, Nativity, Christingle, Easter and the Leavers’ Service. Parents and friends attend these services and enjoy being part of them, particularly the Christingle Service when the lights are dimmed and all of KS2 are standing with lit candles, reminding us of the power of Jesus, the light of the world. The school choir participates in many activities within the village including the annual open-air nativity and the Civic Carol Service.


Prayer is an important aspect of the link between the church and school. The church is encouraged to pray regularly for the school and members of the church family support the school Prayer Space weeks. There is a monthly Prayer Group that meets in the school which attracts parents, friends and members of the church family.



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On 5th June, Reuben, our Norman House Captain, and Olivia, one of our Christian Ambassadors, represented the school at the Jubilee Celebration at St. Mary’s Church.

Along with Mrs Hogben, they read excerpts from the school log books starting with the year of the Queen’s Coronation up till her Silver Jubilee in 1977. A number of the audience actually attended the school then and remembered some of the events!

Well done Olivia and Reuben!

Minster Community Christmas    11th December

The school were invited to take part in this new village event and help make it a success.

The School Choir, led by Mrs McCoy, sang beautifully and entertained the large crowd with Christmas songs.

Behind them, the churchyard looked amazing, lit by over a hundred lanterns hung from the trees.     

These had been made by Years 1, 4 and 5 out of recycled plastic bottles, tissue paper and glue.

Well done to all for adding to the village festivities!

Christmas Lanterns at St. Mary's Church

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Our fabulous choir performed in the church yard last night as a part of the Minster Village Christmas event. It was so wonderful! Mrs McCoy was extremely proud of the choir, who have had such a lot to learn in a short space of time. The audience participation wasn’t too bad either! It was a magical evening filled with community spirit, Christmas cheer and lots of smiles!

Advent Sleepout

Thank you to all the parents and staff who were kind enough to sponsor the group from St Mary’s Church, who slept in tents in the churchyard on December 6th. With your generous support we were able to raise £1300 for the Church Urban Fund to help homeless people in the area. The shelters this money provides offer a safe bed for a night, a hot meal and a chance to wash, which is so often not available to those who are homeless. Thank you so much for helping us do this, and therefore raising awareness of this serious situation on our streets.

Pat Hogben

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Willows Academy Trust

The Federation of Minster and Monkton Church of England Primary Schools

Monkton Church of England Primary School