Values and Ethos as a Church School


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Responsibility, Enjoyment, Security, Politeness, Effort, Care, Tolerance


On this page you will find information about Dunnington C of E Primary School as a church school.

Our Mission Statement and School Values are based around a strong Christian ethos which underpins all that we do.


DSCN5064DSCN5068We hold daily acts of Collective Worship which are broadly Christian in nature, whilst also celebrating and embracing other major world faiths. Worship is led by clergy and lay readers from St Nicholas Church and also by the Minister from the local Methodist church. School staff regularly lead Worship and pupils also prepare and feed into ideas for celebration.   Please click here to see a typical weekly timetable showing our organisation to Collective Worship.



Our Worship Group helps to plan and deliver Collective Worship.

Our Worship Group helps to plan and deliver Collective Worship.

Each term, we focus on one overarching Christian value. 

This term’s Christian value is Respect for Creation

This is centrally displayed to provide a focal point for the school. Children are frequently invited to contribute thoughts or prayers based on this theme and these are also displayed . The  term’s Christian value underpins the daily life of the school and our aim is to embed it fully so that it is relevant and ‘real’ to pupils, staff and parents. Here is a long term plan of Collective Worship for the school. This highlights the coverage of Christian values. As this plan looks well ahead, it may of course , be subject to change as we move through the year.  Click here to see the Long Term Plan for Collective Worship.


EDSCN5065DSCN5061ach class has a special area for reflection and prayer. This provides a quiet focus for daily collective thought . Themes for reflection are broadly based around the term’s Christian value and each week we celebrate the achievements of children who have shown particular empathy or application of that value.

Decorating our Christmas Tree

Celebrating Advent with the Worship Group

Carols by Candlelight


This was a very special event for everyone.

Each pupil made a poppy shaped night light holder. The staff set them out in the shape of a giant star and then each candle was lit. The children sat in complete silence as we watched the light from the candles grow. We played very spiritual music by Faure and Elgar to set an atmosphere of respect and remembrance. Teachers read poems, readings and prayers.

The occasion was very moving and something we will always remember.


Richard Safhill came to visit.

Richard is from the York Quaker Community. He spoke  to the whole school about the way in which Quakers worship together and he led us in silent reflection. We all found it very interesting and informative. Thank you Richard!

A visit from Ben Rich of York Liberal Jewish Jewish Community.

Abid Salik, from York Mosque and Islamic Centre, visited us to help us to learn about Islam.


Each term YOYO comes in to deliver Collective Worship, based on a Christian theme, such as Easter or Christmas.  Here are some pictures from their Christmas visit.

The Bishop of Selby joined the us for lunch and then delivered Collective Worship for the school.