As a Church School we are delighted to work closely with St Martin’s. The clergy, who are involved in our worship and governance, are also a wonderful resource for religious education, spirituality and pastoral care.
The Revd Carol Smith is the priest in charge at St Martin's church and is supported by Revd Cat Darkins, both of whom are familiar faces to our school every Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.
Revd Carol is one of our school governors but also serves along with Foundation governors, Andrew Gough and Francis Ventham, on our SIAMS sub committee, which meets termly.
Classes and year groups at Herne Juniors visit St Martin’s church regularly throughout the year. The church, for example, hosts and helps Year 6 lead a service of remembrance, Y4 lead Harvest, Y5 lead a Pentecost service along with other Christmas and/or Easter joint celebrations with our nearby infant school. A joint ‘Songs of Praise’ rounds off the academic year in the summer.
Special reflection days, RE teaching about Christianity or even using the church and graveyard as a stimulus for other curriculum areas, may occur or clergy may visit the classes in school. We value our partnership.