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Minster C of E 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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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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Trust Information

Willows Academy Trust

The Federation of Minster and Monkton Church of England Primary Schools

Monkton Church of England Primary School