800px-ChittlehamptonChurchFromSouth.jpg# As a Church of England School our values and principles are founded on Anglican beliefs although the children are also taught about the faiths and beliefs of many other cultures. The school, which is situated adjacent to our church, holds festival services at St. Hieritha’s Church at the end of each term and commemorates Remembrance Day by gathering around the war memorial in the church yard for 2 min silence.

The Church building is a superb resource for the teaching of R.E, not only in respect of the building itself, but has also been used as a venue for role-play in the teaching of baptism and marriage.

Members of the church community are invited into school to join our school assemblies. Once a fortnight our children really enjoy having ‘Open The Book’ dramatise biblical stories during our collective worship.

The Church at Chittlehampton has a very early foundation, possibly eighth century and was completely rebuilt again between 1470 and 1520. For many years the village was a site for Christian Pilgrimage, as Christians descended on the village to pay homage to St Hieritha (also sometimes known as St Urith). Pilgrims were either sufferers of eye disease who came to anoint themselves with sacred water or people coming to pray before the shrine of St Urith in the church. There are still two stone crosses in the parish which may have been guideposts to the shrine. The increased income received from pilgrimages would have paid for the magnificent rebuilding of the church. Legend has it that St Urith, a Christian virgin, was beheaded by villagers with a scythe during a period of severe drought. On the ground where her head fell, a spring gushed forth and flowers, thought to be scarlet pimpernels, grew in the drought-ridden soil. The holy well of St Tiera, at the edge of the village, remains to this day. Continuing the tradition of many hundreds of years, on 8th July, the village holds a revel to celebrate St Hieritha’s Day. This legend of St Urith is depicted within the school emblem which contains a scythe and capital letter U.

Chittlehampton School is situated within the Diocese of Exeter and is supported by the Diocesan Board of Education. More information on the support they offer schools can be found at http://www.exeter.anglican.org/schools/


Our School Ethos Statement: this is underpinned by our Christian status

Our Core Christian Values: these values were chosen and adopted by the children.

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