As an Aided Church of England school, our links with All Saints' church (part of the benefice of Compton, Hursley and Otterbourne) are very important to us and invaluable in supporting the fostering of our school Christian values of Love, Hope, Trust and Forgiveness.
The school was originally opened by the church to educate the children of the village who otherwise would have had no opportunity to receive an education. It still receives significant support from the church community given by a number of foundation governors, as well as financial support from the Diocese of Winchester with the school potentially able to access funds for capital expenditure. A recent example of this is the funding the school secured to provide a new classroom in the summer of 2014.
We visit the church for services at least 7 times a year; Harvest, Armistice Day, Christmas, Shrove Tuesday/ AshWednesday/ Lent, Easter, Pentecost and John Keble Day (14th July), with the children taking it turns to help lead them. The rector of All Saints' Church, William Prescott, visits the school every other week to lead collective worship.
In November, as well as attending our own Armistice Day service, a number of our children attend church on Remembrance Sunday, with one of our Year 6 pupils laying a wreath of poppies on behalf of the school. In December, the church holds a Christmas Tree Festival - this is a popular event in which many of the local community groups participate.
In June, the school hosts the Hursley Village Summer Fete, which is a joint operation run by the school PTA and members of All Saints' church. This is a great community event that raises much needed funds for both the church and school.
For more information about All Saints' Hursley, visit the Benefice of Compton, Hursley and Otterbourne website.
Please click on the following links to see examples of our services sheets: