Outstanding Church School Inspection

In November 2015 we were judged to be outstanding.

Please click the link to see our latest report https://dioceseofyork.org.uk/uploads/attachment/2552/siams-report-nov-15.pdf



A Message from Reverend Martin Otter

“As a church we work closely with the staff, pupils and parents of Aberford C of E (VC) Primary School, to learn together the different aspects of Christian faith and worship. The school is a wonderfully friendly environment, and the children, staff and parents/guardians are able to share this with the regular worshipers at St. Ricarius when the two communities join together.” 

“The school and parents come to the church for different services, including an end of term and leavers' assemblies, as well as special occasions particularly at Christmas and at Easter. Collective worship in school is regularly led by clergy, and children from the school also attend the informal worship sessions in the benefice, as well as coming to the church youth group." 

ACE Committee

Aberford Children’s Ethos (ACE) committee meets regularly to think about and develop how we show that we are a church school in everything we do – from collective worship to how we treat each other day by day. They are a very active committee and have been the driving force behind many positive developments, reporting back to the Governors' Ethos Committee about their monitoring and impact.

Collective Worship

Collective worship is a special time for pupils to reflect upon their life experiences and to seek out answers to ultimate questions as far as their intellectual and spiritual capacities will allow them.

Collective worship at our school endeavours to encourage the development of these areas in every child. In our celebration worship, we have an opportunity for the individual child to celebrate his or her social and academic achievements, and a time to foster the positive values held at the school, the local community and the wider world.

Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from collective worship. As a school, we encourage parents to talk to us so that any concern can be discussed to avoid misunderstanding.


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