At Medstead, we highly value our status as a church school.
Our vision for the school is based on the Christian Values of Trust, Courage, Hope and the importance of Resilience. Our children live out these values in their daily lives.
We have close links with St Andrew’s, our parish church (www.standrewsmedstead.org) have developed positive working relationships with other churches in the locality.
The daily act of collective worship at Medstead Primary School follows the requirements of the 1988 Education Act. Collective Worship at the school is creative and of excellent quality. It is a time of togetherness and sharing for the school community, and a celebration of shared values.
The school visits St Andrew’s church to celebrate church festivals and to mark important milestones in the life of the school.
Each class and their parents have a special church service through the year.
Yr R: Baptism (teddies can be Christened!)
Yr 1: Easter
Yr 2: Love
Yr 3: Christingle
Yr 4: Harvest
Yr 5: Pentecost
Yr 6: Journeys
Year 6 also attend Winchester Cathedral, together with their peers, across the Diocese for the Primary Schools’ Leavers’ Service.
The whole school (minus parents as the church is too small!) walk to church hand in hand, older children escorting younger friends with staff, for our annual Christmas Carol Service where our Worship Leaders use Bible readings to tell the Christmas story.
Canon Ed Pruen leads worship on a regular basis and children are encouraged to become actively involved. During these, children learn many new songs which they sing with great enthusiasm and learn to sign the choruses as well in BSL.
The Governing Body of Medstead Church of England Primary School includes Foundation Governors, all of whom are appointed by the Parish Church Council, including the rector of St Andrews.
The school respects the legal right of parents to withdraw their children from acts of worship, and alternative provision will be made for children under these circumstances.