St Mary’s is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School.
The vicar of St Mary’s Church, Beverley, Reverend Becky Lumley and three other governors are appointed by the York Diocesan Board of Education in consultation with the Parochial Church Council to serve as governors of the school. The whole school attends special services in St Mary’s Church several times each year and the vicar visits the school each week.
An act of collective worship takes place daily within the school either within key stages or as a
whole school. Themes for collective worship are selected jointly by staff and children through
our Worship Committee. Themes reflect many aspects of life in the world today, but focus on
the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the children and reflect the school’s
core Christian values. Each act of collective worship includes time for prayer or reflection. As
a church school, collective worship follows the Christian calendar, although stories and
prayers from other faiths are also included.
We have good links with several of the churches in Beverley and visitors regularly lead collective worship at St Mary’s.
Children’s achievements are celebrated in our Celebration Worship each Friday afternoon and
parents, carers and friends are welcome to join in this collective worship which begins at 2:45pm. Each class are given the opportunity to write and to share class prayers both in school and when we have our termly service at St Mary’s Church.
In accordance with the law, the school will make arrangements for parents to exercise the right of withdrawal of their children from collective worship. In such cases, children who are withdrawn from collective worship will be provided with another activity during that time.
Each class has a reflection corner, a special place where the children can go to pray or just sit and think quietly. The display and the items around the display have been chosen to help the children feel closer to God.
SIAS Inspection Report
All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the National Society's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools (SIAS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The framework sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.
SIAS inspection focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of the church school has on the children and young people who attend it. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles, which reflect their particular local context or church tradition in order to be distinctive and effective. Inspectors will, therefore, not be looking to apply a preconceived template of what a church school should be like.