The school aims to serve its community within Christian belief and practice, through the partnership with the Church at Parish and Diocesan level.
We attend both of our local churches (St Michael and All Angels at Middleton Tyas and St Cuthbert at Forcett) regularly throughout the year to celebrate major Christian festivals. We hold a Harvest, Christmas, Easter and end of year service, although have been unable to do so during the pandemic. The resident vicars also lead acts of worship at their setting with the focus being on religious ceremony, events and special days throughout the year (e.g. colours of the church year, Holy Week, Communion, Lent, Advent). Sadly we do not currently have an incumbent at Middleton Tyas.
Our church at Forcett is one of the churches that make up the joint benefice of the Stanwick Group of Churches. It is also the church for the village of Eppleby about a mile away.
The church at Middleton Tyas is Grade I listed and is included in the Middleton Tyas Conservation Area. There is evidence of a church on the site from the 11th century. On the walls there are memorials to the Backhouse family who founded the Barclays Bank, and two sons who were admirals in the Royal Navy during World War 2.
Our aim is through our Christian Ethos, to promote all our children’s spiritual and moral development. We will do this by enabling them to be independent and considerate, developing to the full their different abilities and talents, and by providing a broad, balanced education.
We ensure that the children’s emotions are engaged and that learning is fun, creative and relevant. Our curriculum provides a wealth of stimulating learning opportunities that are underpinned by key basic skills – truly a winning formula and a clear pathway to success.
Church wardens lead St Michael’s club in school each week, although have been unable to do so during the pandemic.