What is a Church school?

What is a Church School?



The former Archbishop of Canterbury explains :


“A Christian school is one in which the atmosphere has that kind of openness about it, that sense that people are worth spending time with, that people need time to grow, need loving attention. The Christian Gospel says that every person has a unique task to do, with God, and for God, whether they know it or not. It doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone involved has to share the same theology or philosophy. It doesn’t mean that everyone knows that they have this relationship with God, and is consciously working at it. But a Christian school is one in which the entire atmosphere is pervaded by a conviction that there is something mysterious, and potentially wonderful, in everybody.”


The key reference points that shape our narrative as a Church of England school are based on the words of Christ: I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness. John 10:10


The Church of England’s Vision for Education. July 2016


“Education in schools… that allows children and young people to flourish in the widest sense.”


The Fruit of the Spirit. A Church of England Discussion Paper on Character Education. October 2015.


Valuing All God’s Children Guidance for Church of England schools on challenging homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. Second Edition Autumn 2017.


The Church of England Education Office’s framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)


Links with the Church

Holy Trinity Church (South Street, HU17 5LR) was built on a site given by Sir Richard Bethel in 1843, some 1 1/4 miles away from the site of St Faith's Church.

Built of Yorkshire Gritstone with Westmoreland roofing slate, the church was built between 1843 & 1845 when it was consecrated, though the graveyard was not consecrated until later.

The church is a Grade II listed building and is host not only to the 13th century limestone baptismal font from St Faith's nave, but also the 'Wayside Cross Head', which is believed to be the original head of the White Cross, the base and shaft of which stands on the outskirts of the village.


Below are some of the church activities that take place regularly, but please contact on the phone numbers listed to confirm dates and times before making any journey.

ABC (Adults, Babies & Children) Toddler Group Run every Tuesday morning during School term time and open to all children under the age of 5. Come along to the Parish Room for tea and toast and a play and bring Mum, Dad, Grandad, Grandma or Carer for a fun time with all the toys and a sing-a-long at the end. For more information contact Gladys Hullah - 01964 544 692.

SUNDAY CLUB Our Sunday Club meets in the Parish Room at the back of Church on the first Sunday in each month at 11 a.m. and lasts for the same time as the regular Sunday Service. Why not bring your children and stay to enjoy our Sunday worship in Church? For further information please contact Fiona Atkin on 01964 503 885

For further information please speak to Barry Richardson or Gladys Hullah or just turn up to join in. All are welcome.

Meets every Wednesday in the Parish Room at 2 p.m. for an hour’s fellowship meeting where we have coffee and a chat followed by discussion on a chosen topic, a bible reading and closing with prayers for our Church, family and friends. Come and join us for an uplifting afternoon, or contact Barry Richardson for further details on 01964 542 669

The choir usually attends every service at Leven Church and is run by Maggie Mossford who is our organist and Choir-mistress.
We are constantly seeking new members, especially children aged 9 and over. There is no requirement to read music but a good singing voice would help and choir robes will be supplied.

Anyone interested in joining please contact Maggie on 01964 542 057 or come to a Sunday service.