St Elisabeth's Church in Northenden

Church Links

St Elisabeth's CE Primary School is a Church of England Primary School. We have very strong links with our church and clergy team at St Elisabeth's CE Church, which is a five minute walk from the school. St.Elisabeth’s is the Church of England Parish Church for Central Reddish, a district in Stockport. On a regular basis, we have clergy lead collective worship in school. All our children know Rev Angie who leads this worship regularly and further enhances our links with initiatives like prayer week. For all the important Christian festivals we celebrate collectively at our church with children leading the worship and parents and the community invited to join us.

Representatives of the church have a strong guiding influence on our school’s mission and future direction, and we liaise closely with representatives of the Manchester Diocese.

As a Church School the majority of our governors are appointed by the church authorities.

The Church of England's current vision for education is 'life in all its fullness' (John 10:10), encouraging children and adults to be expansive in imagination, compassionate in character, and unconditional in their love for neighbour. At St Elisabeth's CE Primary School it is a joy to partner with the St Elisabeth's church to work towards this vision, and towards Thrive Church of England Academy Trust's vision of 'Belonging, Believing and Becoming'. We do this in a variety of ways:-

  • We hold a number of key church services each school year in the community churches.
  • We also have a clergy-led act of worship held in school each week.

St Elisabeth's Mission

Our aim is to honour God as we worship him, using both traditional and modern C of E forms of service; to share the good news of what Jesus Christ taught about life, God, and our relationship with him, and what he achieved for us through his death and resurrection; to offer support, spiritual or practical, to people in times of need or crisis, and in the normal routine and adventure of living; to encourage people to serve God in and through their daily lives, whether in their church activities, or in their “normal” life in work, family and community; to help people grasp more clearly the Christian understanding of life, the world and everything, through discussion and teaching.

Collective Worship

At St Elisabeth's Church of England Primary School, the daily act of collective worship is viewed as an integral and important part of school life. Through this and in the general ethos of the school we seek to promote our mission statement, where all pupils belong, believe and become.

It is a time where we come together to share our love of God based on promoting the Christian values which permeate the ethos of the school. As such, the contributions of staff, pupils, church clergy and other visitors are valued highly. We also actively seek to encourage the attitudes of awe, wonder and reflection. We have regular contributions to assembly. In accordance with Manchester Diocesan Guidelines, our school ensures that every child is entitled to an opportunity for daily worship.

Parental Rights of Withdrawal from Collective Worship in a Voluntary Aided School

The Worship and Religious Education provided by the school is in accordance with the Church of England. This foundation is also reflected in the curriculum and the whole life of the school community. Since the conduct of the school as a whole reflects the Church of England ethos, removal of pupils from Worship and/or Religious Education (as parents are legally entitled to do) cannot insulate them from the religious life of the school.

The 1996 Education Act gives parents the legal right to withdraw their children from collective worship.  This is upheld under the 1998 Act. 

As an Anglican school we hold great value in the power of collective worship to formulate, enhance and celebrate the power and wonder of our Christian faith. That said, if parents wish to withdraw their child from collective worship we request that the reasons be put in writing and submitted to the Head of School.

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