St Andrew’s CE Primary School has close links with St Andrew’s Church. Classes have the opportunity to visit the Church to learn about Baptism, Christingle, Epiphany, Easter, Eucharist and Christmas. Rev. Rachel Battershell works closely with the St Andrew’s Ethos Team, supporting them in the planning, deliverance and evaluation of school worship.
“The strong link with St Andrew’s Church enables children to have positive views of the role of the Christian church within the community.”SIAMS Report 2014
How collective worship is carried out at St Andrew’s
Our school worship develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith and encourages pupils to look out to the wider world and explore and share the beliefs of others. As a Church of England School, the content of our worship is organised to:
- Cover all major Christian Festivals (i.e. including Christmas, Easter and Pentecost)
- Include Bible teachings, particularly as stories
- Include hymns, prayer and reflection
- Our ‘call to prayer’ bell signals the time for reflection and prayer
- Include a piece of music to enter and leave the hall by which encourages spiritual awareness and a sense of God’s presence
- Be delivered in a variety of ways, which may include links to the personal development curriculum and multi-cultural themes but will always be Christian based Collective Worship is planned using the overview and evaluated by the children.
Collective Worship is planned using the overview and evaluated by the children.
Monday Y2-6 Collective Worship (by the Head Teacher) and Reception/Y1 Class Worship (Class Teacher)
Tuesday Y2-6 Collective Worship (by Y2-6 staff) and Reception/Y1 Class Worship (Class Teacher)
Wednesday Y2-6 Collective Worship (by Y2-6 staff) and Reception/Y1 Collective Worship (by Reception/Y1 staff)
Thursday Y2-6 Collective Worship (by Y2-6 staff) and Reception/Y1 Class Worship (Class Teacher)
Friday Celebration Assembly (Head Teacher)
Every class participates either in the Key Stage worship or in class collective worship
Reverend Rachel Battershell
“I was ordained at Manchester Cathedral in June 2011 and spent my Curacy in two small parishes in Oldham and then worked as a Team Vicar in a Parish in Ashton under Lyne. I became the Vicar of the Benefice of Dearnley, Wardle and Smallbridge, which includes St Andrew’s Church, Dearnley and Wardle Village Church in May 2017.
Before ordination, I worked as a nurse in a variety of settings; hospital wards, nursing homes, building sites and factories. The last 10 years of my nursing career, I worked in the field of Occupational Health, working in food factories, car manufacture and finally at the University of Salford where I looked after the staff of the university as well as students on health care courses.
I have enjoyed my interaction with the five schools in the area with many assemblies and visits to Church over the year. I am a Member of the Board of Wardle Trust following the two Church schools joining the trust in September 2017.
Being a Member of the board enables me to maintain the Christian ethos of St James’ and St Andrew’s schools. But this role also involves working with the other Members and Trustees to provide excellent teaching and outcomes for our Children both in primary and secondary levels. I look forward to the challenges ahead in the Church, Community and at the Trust.”