St. Stephen’s Church
We are very proud of our close relationship with St Stephen’s Church. The parish priest, churchwardens and the congregation support the life and work our school through regular prayer. The church has a small but diverse congregation representing a wide range of ethnic groups.
As our school is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England School, Lichfield Diocese appoints members of the Church Community to be governors of our school. These governors are called Foundation Governors and in addition to the normal responsibilities of a governor they ensure that the Church of England character of the school is preserved and developed helping maintain our strong Christian ethos together with our school’s high standards.
In addition to the weekly pattern of collective worship the school worships in the parish church at least once each term. These services vary from a carol service and candle lighting ceremony to a celebration of the Eucharist: parents and members of the congregation are always welcome to attend these occasions. The children and staff make an active contribution to the services by serving, reading and leading prayers. A very special and important Mass is celebrated at the end of the summer term when Year 6 pupils receive a special blessing as part of the service.
Throughout the school year classes visit the church for ‘discovery days’ to learn about Christian services including Baptism and Weddings; the vestments that the priest wears together with liturgical colours; stained glass windows; the use of candles in worship and church furniture and vessels.
All services are advertised within school, especially those at Christmas and Easter and members of the school community welcomed to any services.
Regular Services at St Stephen’s
Sunday 11am Solemn Mass (crèche available) (coffee/tea available afterwards)
Wednesday 7pm Said Mass
Saturday 10am Said Mass
At St Stephen’s Church of England Primary School, we believe it is important to develop core values by which to live, and which help to develop a moral and spiritual awareness, so that our children flourish as a child of God.
Our Christian Values, chosen by pupils and staff, are the gifts of:
‘Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves’
‘For the Lord is compassionate and merciful’
‘Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged. For Lord your God will be with you wherever you go’
'Judge not, that you be not judged’
‘Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us’
‘Faithful friends are beyond price; no amount can balance their worth’
These values are embedded across the curriculum and help give our school its distinctive Christian character.