As a church school we are distinctly Christian in our values and ethos. We gather together each day to take part in Collective Worship, where the children sing together, say a prayer and hear a Christian message. The children also say a prayer before dinner in their classrooms and they end the school day with a prayer too. Many of these prayers are written by the children themselves. We celebrate key Christian festivals in Defford church (Harvest, Christmas, Candlemas and Easter). We attend church for the first worship of each term which is led by Cannon Susan, our vicar. Parents are always welcome to join us in church. We regularly welcome our “Open the Book” team and the children thoroughly enjoy playing a part in their re-telling of stories from the Bible. In addition the local Curate leads us in worship every month. All staff lead daily worship and children take an active part in this too. Our Collective Worship “CREW” enjoys planning and leading worship in school and church. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from any of these daily acts of worship following a discussion with the Headteacher.