We are a Methodist school and our identity as a Christian school is felt in all we do. We welcome children of all faiths and of none and boarding pupils may attend services according to their own faith where we can arrange it.
What is distinctive about being a Methodist school? It means that we value Faith, Community, Generosity and Transformation. We give the pupils a foundation of faith for their future and our generosity is aimed not just at those who need us, but as Wesley said, those who need us the most.
Worship at Culford School
Culford values the whole person – mind, body and spirit - and we nurture a sense of wonder at God’s creation and encourage pupils to value each other. Each pupil attends a formal service once a week known as 'Collective Worship'.
Full of content that is Holy, Truthful, Beautiful and Engaging, at least fifteen pupils take part in Collective Worship and a wide cross section of the staff preach. As a Methodist school we are rightly proud of our hymn singing and we have our own hymn and prayer book.
It is also a chance to draw breath and to reflect. Teenagers have an amazing capacity for personal growth but they need this opportunity to sit, pray and let the quiet voice of the Spirit speak.
In the Lower Fifth (Year 10) pupils have a whole Chaplaincy Day each term where we explore issues such as world poverty and human rights. In the Upper Fifth (Year 11) have weekly Chaplaincy lessons which explore issues of Wellbeing together with spiritual and emotional development.
Spiritual Support For Children
I am part of the school pastoral team and meet and talk with many pupils; sometimes just to sit and be quiet or pray together. At times of family crisis I take a pro-active role in giving comfort and support to the whole family. Part of my role is to pray and I do so for pupils and families whenever I know of a need.
Rev Simon Crompton-Battersby