St Hilda’s CE Primary School

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Our School Prayer

Dear God,

Thank you for our school, 

for each other

and for this new day.

Help us to learn and grow well, 

responsibly and with perseverance,

respecting each other with friendship, 

and living our school values.

In the name of Jesus Christ.



Lunchtime Grace

For what we are about to receive,

May the Lord make us truly thankful.



Church School

We are proud, as a voluntary controlled Church of England primary school, to be part of the Diocese of York. As a voluntary controlled (VC) school, the daily worship within the school will follow the Anglican tradition of school worship and will contribute to the sense of community and strong Christian ethos that is a feature of Anglican schools. The governing body will include two foundation governors nominated by the Church and the local authority.


Our Foundation Governors are:

Mrs Lucy Wilshaw and Rev James Trowsdale

As a church school at the heart of the village community, Christian values underpin our work, our relationships and our commitment to ensure equality of opportunity for all pupils. We will strive to make our school welcoming, open and friendly with a positive Christian ethos where the views of the children and parents are valued.

Our local church is St Hilda’s, Ampleforth.

St Hilda’s Church, Ampleforth

Diocese of York

Click here to see Our Vision and Values


Ethos Statement

Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England/Church in Wales and in partnership with the Churches at parish and Diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.


Collective Worship

The school meets daily for collective worship, which, as the Education Act states, ‘is wholly or mainly of a broad Christian character, the main emphasis being on the broad traditions of Christian belief.” The Church of England's principles for collective worship have been adopted and we seek to provide 'warm fires and open doors' to invite, include and inspire pupils of all faiths and also for those without faith, drawing on our own life in Christ to offer life in all its fullness to all who are drawn to it, and in that context giving every child the deepest knowledge of his or her worth, the best growth in gifts and skills, and the widest opportunity to make a difference for good in the world.

During collective worship, pupils have an opportunity to consider and reflect on our Christian values: Respect, Responsibility, Friendship and Perseverance, in action.


Collective Worship Policy

Spirituality Policy