Lapworth is a Church of England Controlled School. The church connection ensures that the school has links in the wider community through the parish church and that spiritual values are given priority in the education of the children.
The Church of England believes its schools should be “A safe place where there is no ideological pressure and yet Christian influences are part of the ethos of the school”. The Governors and staff support this view.
Lapworth School is in the Diocese of Birmingham and we follow the agreed syllabus of Religious Education for the county of Warwickshire. In our Religious Education teaching we link religions, beliefs and cultural traditions to the developing world and to the past, so that children have understanding of how and where the religions of the world have developed and have an understanding of other faiths and the beliefs of others around the world.
Each year the school holds an Interfaith week. Each class celebrates one of the worlds major religions, looking at the culture, beliefs, art, food and lifestyle of those who follow that religion. During the week every class creates a large canvas that represents one of the values that the school will look at as part of its collective worship that year. These canvases can be seen displayed around our school.
Daily Acts of Collective worship, either group or whole school based, are of a broadly Christian nature but in our religious education programme every effort is made to increase children’s awareness of other faiths and cultures.
The Rector is involved in the life and work of the school and the children take part in weekly services. Other local ministers are also invited to contribute to our Acts of Collective Worship. We also enjoy visits from members of the Diocese.
Parents have a right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and Collective Worship. These children will be supervised either within another class group or by a classroom helper.
Children, staff, parents and governors join together each term to take part in a service at St Mary’s Church, Lapworth. The school is indebted to the PCC for their generosity in contributing most of the cost of coaches for these visits.