The school is a two-form entry, aided primary school with 450 pupils on the roll, including fifty who attend part-time in the Nursery. The school is located to the north of the parish.
Links between the Church & school are strong and of great mutual importance. Efforts continue to make the most of this relationship.
Most of the pupils live in the immediate catchment area. A recent OFSTED inspection judged this to be a good Church school, where pupils demonstrate high levels of social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
The parish clergy lead Collective Worship each week, say Mass every Thursday and support religious education teaching.
Pupils contribute to life at Christ Church by performing music, reading, leading intercessions, acting, serving and welcoming the congregation at different Sunday Masses, such as Advent, Education Sunday and Mothering Sunday.
PALS (Praise and Learning on Sundays)
PALS is the name for our Sunday School, to make it sound less like teaching and more about worship and exploring.
We have a brightly coloured room in the crypt where we meet and have books and resources freely available.
The children begin mass in Church and after receiving their Bible from the priest during the opening hymn, spend time having stories and activities in their room. They return to Mass at the offertory.
The teaching follows the liturgical calendar, or theme, over a few weeks. PALS meets during term time with breaks for Easter, Summer, and Christmas.
The Calvary Chapel (at the back of the church) is always available should a parent need to take a child out for a time and books and toys are kept there.
Our Uniformed Groups
We have a thriving and enthusiastic Beaver colony, Cub pack and Scout troop. These sections are run by well-trained leaders, and provide exciting, adventurous and stimulating activities for boys and girls aged from 6-14 years. They gain confidence, learn new skills and new abilities useful their in everyday lives.
Uniformed groups meet in the Parish Centre adjacent to the church.