Church

Marshwood CE Primary Academy is a Voluntary Aided Church of England School within the Diocese of Sailsbury. 

The school is located within the Golden Cap Team of Churches which consists of twelve churches in West Dorset and East Devon. We have strong links and a very close relationship with the village church of St. Mary's in Marshwood. It is right beside our School and the children use the church building on an almost daily basis for many different activities. We hold regular Collective Worship within the church. The school actively promotes key services and visits the church for Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas, Easter and for the occasion of our Year 6 children leaving. We also regularly visit the church to help support RE learning or local history or to help in some way, such as carrying out research on the state of War Graves within the churchyard or creating tapestries and art to decorate the inside of the church.

Marshwood ChurchCollective Worship

Our Collective Worship is a central part of the ethos in the school and our daily act of worship strengthens and promotes our Christian values. These values guide us all and help us to reflect upon how we can be compassionate, respectful, aspirational individuals with the resilience to cope with the challenges of life.

  • We are a Christian family at the heart of our local community, with positive and effective links to the wider world

  • We believe in a school founded on our core Christian values of love and compassion, thankfulness, peace, service, forgiveness, and endurance

  • We believe in developing each child spiritually, morally and socially within a Christian context, helping each child to consider their own attitudes, values and beliefs

  • We believe in forging a partnership with parents, the local parish and the wider community

  • We believe that all members of the school community should continually grow in our understanding of our values so that we may better live them out as individuals, as family and within the local community and the wider world

Every day, the school community meet in St. Mary's Church or School for whole school Collective Worship.

  • Monday – 3pm - Whole School Worship in St. Mary's Church led by Mr. Beare and pupils from our Ethos Committee focused around our half-termly school Christian value

  • Tuesday - 3pm - Whole School Worship in St. Mary's Church led by Rev. Sarah or Singing Worship in School led by Mrs Strawbridge

  • Wednesday - 11.40am - House Worship in School led by our pupil House Captains

  • Thursday – 3pm – Open the Book Worship in St. Mary's Church led by Mrs Jevons and Lamberts Class (Years 3&4)

  • Friday – 3pm - Celebration and Marshwood Stars Worship in St. Mary's Church led by pupils from Pisdon Pen Class (Years 5&6), with certificates awarded for the School Core Values and other achievements in the presence of parents, carers and friends who are all welcome to join in and take part

We also hold special services to mark Christian festivals at St. Mary’s Church, and enjoy regular visits from Rev Sarah, Rev Chris, our Ethos Governor Rob Greenman, and other visitors who lead whole school Collective Worships.