The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Bury as a Church of England school are outstanding. The Christian ethos is tangible and permeates every aspect of the school’s life. Everyone is part of the school family and supports and cares for each other. The school is a calm, relaxed, happy and productive place where individuals thrive both academically and personally. Parents, pupils and staff feel valued and well supported by one another.’ - Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools Report February 2013.
We are a Church of England Primary School. This means that our ethos is founded upon the Christian principles of love, forgiveness and redemption. We are linked with the Parish Church, so that the children may worship in Church as a normal part of their school life. The teachers are appointed because they accept the religious purpose of the school, as well as for their professional qualifications.
Church schools are for all children, for those whose parents profess another faith than our own, or who have no faith at all. We welcome this and take care not to disturb the religious loyalty of such children. Our aim is to educate children in a happy atmosphere so that when they grow up they may have standards by which to evaluate the world around them.
We think of ourselves as a family and believe that it is because of this family feel that we have many people from outside Bury who wish their children to attend our school. Our Christian Ethos is very important to us and it permeates all that we do here in school and in the wider community.
There are very close links with our Christian family at Bury Parish Church, and once a month the main Sunday Service is held in our school hall offering an opportunity for members of the school family to join with the church family.
Bury CE School has a tradition of very high quality collective worship which sets the tone for how our community works together in trust and love in furtherance of God’s kingdom here on earth. Staff meet weekly for a time of prayer and the school too is prayed for by Bury Parish Church Sunday by Sunday.
The school has over the past few years developed very close links with the wider Diocesan family and was the first school to become part of the Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust in July 2013.
Assembly and Collective Worship
This is the time when the school meets together as a ‘family’ and within this meeting there is always a corporate act of worship. It varies in format and content and reflects current issues as well as Biblical teaching. It should be found acceptable by all denominations but parents do have the right to withdraw their children from this time if they feel that attendance is contrary to their own beliefs.
Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust
The Diocese of Ely Board of Education supports the teaching of children throughout Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk. Our own schools are part of our mission to educate children in an environment that reflects our values in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit www.demat.org.uk/