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Christian Distinctiveness

Worship in church and in school

The school works closely with St Mary's Priory Church in Tutbury and the Diocese of Lichfield to provide pupils and parents with the opportunity to develop and promote faith values. We have at least two services in St Mary’s Church, Tutbury every term when pupils participate in different ways. Pupils also take part in the Remembrance Sunday Service and the School Choir sings in the Mothering Sunday Service.

St Mary's Priory Church is now grouped with Rolleston and Anslow Churches, known as the ART group.  The Rector of the group, The Reverend Ian Whitehead and the Associate Priest, The Reverend Pip Short, lead Collective Worship in school each week and welcome us to the services in church.

Collective Worship is also sometimes delivered by Mr John Coltman of The Gospel Hall, Winshill and Mr David Fielding, Pastor of Castlefields Evangelical Church in Derby.

Collective worship takes place daily and includes reference to Bible readings as well as moral and spiritual learning. On Fridays we celebrate pupil achievement with headteacher awards. This is also an opportunity for our school band to play to an audience, as they do on Wednesdays, playing for the hymn and before and after the worship.  They also play at the school services and other special services in church and with Hot House Jazz Bands when they come to give concerts in church.

Our Christian Ethos

We are very proud of our SIAMS report which states, “The school is developing good provision to promote the concept and importance of faith, particularly linking this to Christian values. Already, this distinctiveness contributes strongly to personal development. Current strategies to strengthen the distinctiveness and to improve the climate for learning are on track to raise academic achievement.”

Other links with St Mary’s Church

Jackie Benstead, Margaret Pyle and Janice Atterbury lead a Christian Club every week, which has been running for many years and is well received.  So far this year approximately 20-25 children have been attending on Monday lunchtimes.  The session involves basic craft activities, games and a bible based story related to the assembly theme for the week.  A small healthy snack, grapes, carrot sticks and raisins are given to the children before they return to class.


As part of their Humanities curriculum, pupils visit the church to learn about the building, its history and its significance in the life of Tutbury over nearly a thousand years.

On the Governing Body there are three Foundation Governors appointed by the Church.

As well as engaging with all aspects of the Governors’ work, they also have particular responsibility for encouraging the Christian identity of the school, and an understanding of the life and work of the church within the community. 

St. Mary's Church Tutbury Website

St. Mary's Church Rolleston-on-Dove

Castlefields Evangelical Church, Derby