The links the school share with the local churches in the Thameshead Benefice are very important. We are part of the parish of Sapperton with Frampton Mansell. St. Luke Frampton Mansell is now the parish church after St. Kenelm Sapperton was passed into the care of the Churches Conservation Trust in 2016. As a church Aided School Our Governing Body is made up with a majority of “Foundation Governors” each of whom is linked to the church and recommended by the Parochial Church Council of Sapperton with Frampton Mansell.
Our church, St Kenelm’s, is now in the care of the Churches Conservation trust. To mark this, we had a church service attended by the community and Bishop Rachel. Some of the children sang during the service and read a prayer.
As a school we work together with the local churches. Rev Trevor Kemp and members of the church community are regular visitors to the school and we hold many combined church and school events. These include the Annual Cotswold Highland Games, Harvest on the Farm, Harvest on the Allotments, Mothering Sunday and many more. Pupils at Sapperton also enjoy residential summer camps organised by PSALMS.
Rev Pepita Walker is the School Chaplain and has been very closely involved with the school for the last 22 years and has been an important member of the Governing Body throughout that time. She leads a Communion service once a month for the staff and pupils explaining what/why is going on. This helps the children to understand what is going on when they attend a Communion service in one of the local churches. She is available in school once a month for any pupil to come and talk to her about anything they are concerned about or feel they would like to talk to someone about.
The Church Youth Minister (in our partnership with PSALMS) leads worship on a regular basis and also runs after school clubs. It has been exciting in recent years to see the Pulse Games take place at the school run by the Youth Minister and supported by other members of our local churches.
If you would like to find out more about our local churches or their partnership with PSALMS please visit the Thameshead Benefice website, the Psalms website and the Diocesan website below: