Church and Community links

We are each unique and beautiful and together we are a masterpiece.

The Distinctiveness of being a Church of England School

The purpose of a Church of England school is to provide children from the local area and beyond with a broad and balanced curriculum that offers a spiritual dimension to the lives of young people, within the traditions of the Church of England. 

We aim to nurture a sense of belonging, connection, compassion, kindness, hope and aspiration within our learning community. and embody this through our theological rooted Christian vision that acknowledges we are all unique and beautiful and collectively we are a masterpiece.This means all children regardless of their faith or background are welcome to join our school.

We have strong links with our local village church, All Saints, Stisted. Our local vicar regularly visits the school and leads Collective Worship. Harvest Festival, Christmas and Easter are all celebrated at church. These services are jointly planned and prepared with the local vicar. Parents and friends of the school are always invited and encouraged to attend and participate in these services.


We recognise the importance of engaging and interacting with people and organisations around us, not only because it has positive spin offs for the education of our children and the reputation of the school, it also helps us to operate and function more effectively. It is important that our children also recognise this too not only on a local scale but a global scale. This involves being courageous advocates and ambassadors for the school.


We have links with the local library, a local author, the church and participate in a number of events such as the annual horticultural show.

Collective Worship 

We dedicate part of the day called Assembly in which Collective Worship takes place. Collective worship is the unique heartbeat of a Church school and is offered as part of a wider opportunity for pupils and adults to encounter faith by engaging in conversations about God, both as individuals and together. This is a special and sacred time of the day where we come together as a community to thank, celebrate and receive wisdom and inspiration of some kind. It is an opportunity for children to consider spiritual and moral issues and explore their own beliefs.  

Worship may find expression in many different forms: in music, song, dance, drama, in words of praise, in prayers, readings and teachings, in listening, in thoughtful silence, in meditation, in contemplation of symbols, in the service the lighting of a candle and other symbolic actions. 

Christian Youth Outreach

We invite a number of people to lead collective acts of worship throughout the year. The Coggeshall based Open Bible Drama have performed two Bible stories for us so far this year; the story of the Magi and Abraham. The volunteers shared tea and coffee with our staff afterwards.


Christian Youth Outreach has been visiting the school on a half termly basis for a number of years. Again their purpose is to deliver an act of Collective Worship. This is a highly visual and energetic form of worship where an idea is introduce and the children engage in actions and participation with the leaders of the worship.


Different approaches to Collective Worship help maintain a healthy and diverse approach which helps maintain high engagement and participation levels indicating that it is an enjoyable and thought provoking experience.

Carols in the community 

Each year our older pupils visit Stisted Hall, a local residential home. Our children always look forward to entertaining the residents by singing carols and spending time afterwards talking to them. They exchange letters and gifts they have made. This is not only an important part of our role in the community but part of our personal development curriculum.

Religious Education  

The purpose of Religious Education is to stimulate and develop children’s curiosity and knowledge of different religious beliefs so that they can hold informed conversations about religious ideas such as faith, worship, prayer, creation, God, the meaning of life and the relevance of religion on society and peoples’ lives. Children about and learn from different religious beliefs and never in a way that encourages children to judge or place greater value on one religious faith over another. 


Children build their knowledge of religious ideas through inquiry, debate, asking questions, making connections, exploring religious artefacts, discussing sources of beliefs and examining religious texts so that they can talk about the similarities between the major world faiths including Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism.

Children build an in-depth knowledge of Christianity through the themes of God and creation, the fall, the people of God, incarnation, Gospel, salvation and the Kingdom of God and make links with other faiths.


Questions those who are interested in religion ask include:



Religious Education is important because it provides pupils with the knowledge and insight needed to challenge stereotypes, promote cohesion, tackle extremism and ponder the big questions in life such as where have we come from, what is the meaning of life and is there something beyond our worldly existence?

Our RE curriculum has been carefully designed. It is primarily is based on the Essex Agreed Syllabus and enhanced to ensure children at this school receive the full RE entitlement outlined in the Church of England's :  A Statement of Entitlement, 2019 . You can see our RE curriculum on our curriculum page.

Christmas Bazaar and celebrations

The school opens its doors and invites the local community to our annual Christmas Bazaar. The children help run stalls and make products to sell. We also invite our parents and the local community to join us in our Christmas Carol Concert at All Saints Church and Key Stage 1 Nativity performances. These are always extremely well attended leaving only standing room in our local church.