Our Christian ethos at Witley pervades all that we do and is the basis through which we ensure that we educate the whole child and ensure spiritual and academic progress.
We have clear assembly and worship planning which enables staff to plan for links to other areas of the curriculum and plan for special times and events. Children are given time for reflection and are encouraged to see the joy and wonder of the world. Recently children experience ‘Godly Play’ in school, which allows the children to listen to a Bible story and reflect on the meanings in the story, responding in any way they would like, through painting, drawing or making. This gives children time to stop and think and develop their own questioning skills.
Most assemblies are conducted in the Jubilee hall, with a special table set up with lighted candle and cross. One assembly a week is based in the classroom to allow each class to come together and share the occasion more intimately. Both the Vicar and Reader from All Saints’ Church, Witley visits our school regularly and take assemblies. We also have other visitors in to share their experiences with the children.
Every Friday we hold a special Gold Book Assembly, which celebrates children’s successes; children can be nominated to enter their name in the book for climbing their learning ladders, being model citizens and acts of kindness etc. This is highly valued by both the children and parents.
All Saints Church
We have very close links with All Saints Church. Children have termly visits to learn about the church and Anne Fraser comes into school for assemblies. We also hold services in the church for Harvest Festival. Our local Sunday School meets in the Jubilee Hall on Sundays. Please contact the Church Office on 01428 681872 for further details.
Parents who wish to exercise their right to withdraw their child from Religious Education or collective worship will need to contact the Headteacher to discuss arrangements for alternative provision.