The Faith of Our School

The church and the teachings of Jesus form a strong part of our whole school Ethos. In our recent Outstanding SIAMS inspection it was noted: Worship is integral, relevant, engaging, and together with the work of the chaplain and vicar, sustains the pastoral and spiritual life of the school

Collective Worship

Pupils at St. Mary’s Cockerton School take part in a daily act of Christian Worship.  Some of these are as a whole school, in class and in groups of 3 or 4 classes.  Each Tuesday, pupils in Classes 1 to 6 attend St Mary’s Church. 

Family worship

Parents are warmly invited to join the school in worship on Friday mornings.  Worship is held in the Main Hall.  Refreshments are available before in the Studio along with an opportunity to discuss informally any school matters with a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

The Eucharist

Pupils also take part in regular class Eucharist services in school, in partnership with St Mary's church.  Members of the parish lead preparation classes for children who would like to be admitted to Communion. Pupils who do not receive Communion still participate in the service and receive a personal blessing. The younger children in school take part in a special Agape service, where they take part in a special service to remember the last supper at an age appropriate level; they have wine gums and pita bread, rather than wine and communion wafers.

Links to St. Mary’s Church

We have strong links with our connected church, St. Marys, and Father Damon is a familiar face around school and is well known to all of the children. We also take part in special services for Harvest, Advent, Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and at the end of the school year for leavers. Year 6 pupils also attend a large service at Durham Cathedral for leavers throughout the Diocese.