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What makes our C of E Schools special

As Church of England Schools, we place Christian beliefs and values at the heart of all we do. These are expressed in our distinctive vision and mission statement and inform decisions made at every level of leadership, from pupils to Governors. Every person associated with our community is important, not only as a member of our school but as a unique and precious individual within God’s creation. Alongside the emotional, social, moral and intellectual needs of all, we nurture the spiritual aspects of human life such that all children and adults can flourish and experience the fullness of life (John 10:10).

As Church of England Schools, we are fully inclusive and celebrate diversity. We warmly welcome children and adults from all backgrounds and do not assume religious faith. We encourage challenge, through questioning, to help our pupils to develop their sense of self: as individuals, as members of our school and as members of our broader community.

We are part of the 25% of England primary schools with a Church foundation and are supported by St Martin’s Parish Church, within the Diocese of Guildford.

What will you find in St Martin’s Church of England Schools?

A School driven by a deeply embedded and rooted Christian Vision

Alongside caring, respectful, resilient individuals who help one another to enjoy life in all its fullness, you can expect:

Church Partnership

  • Communion Service
  • Visits to Church
  • Visits from ‘Spinnaker’
  • Lunchtime Club (Spinnaker) - 'Fish Club'
  • Eco links
  • Prayer tree and Prayer Space
  • Training from the Diocese

Christian Symbols

  • On our uniform, bags and diaries
  • In our reception area
  • In our two halls
  • In our classrooms
  • On our displays

Christian Songs and Celebrations

  • Weekly song practice
  • Harvest
  • St Martin’s Day
  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Pentecost

Invitational Prayer and Reflection 

  • During daily Collective Worship
  • Before lunch
  • At the end of the day
  • In our permanent Prayer Space
  • All facilitated by committed class Prayer Leaders  

Visit our Policies Page to Read our Collective Worship Policy

High Quality R.E.

  • Special R.E. books
  • Relevant Bible Passages
  • Christianity studied for 50% of RE time
  • Objects of faith
  • Deep curiosity
  • Respectful enquiry
  • Rigorous analysis
  • Personal reflection
  • Guildford Diocese curriculum and planning.