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Welcome to the federation of

Hovingham CE Primary School


St Hilda’s CE Primary School

Church School


Family Services at St Hilda’s Church, Ampleforth

A short service suitable for all ages.





St Hilda’s Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

We are proud, as a voluntary controlled Church of England primary school, to be part of the Diocese of York.

As a voluntary controlled (VC) school, the daily worship within the school will follow the Anglican tradition of school worship and will contribute to the sense of community and strong Christian ethos that is a feature of Anglican schools. The governing body will include two foundation governors nominated by the Church and the local authority.

Our Foundation Governors is:

Mrs Lucy Wilshaw

As a church school at the heart of the village community, Christian values underpin our work, our relationships and our commitment to ensure equality of opportunity for all pupils. We will strive to make our school welcoming, open and friendly with a positive Christian ethos where the views of the children and parents are valued.

Our local church is St Hilda’s, Ampleforth.

St Hilda’s Church, Ampleforth

Diocese of York

Click here to see Our Vision and Values

Ethos Statement

Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England/Church in Wales and in partnership with the Churches at parish and Diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.

Collective Worship

The school meets daily for collective worship, which, as the Education Act states, ‘is wholly or mainly of a broad Christian character, the main emphasis being on the broad traditions of Christian belief.”

Collective worship is an important part of our school day and reflects Anglican beliefs, practices and values in accordance with the requirements of the Trust Deed. Worship themes are planned to help children experience awe and wonder, to promote willingness to reflect on their own experiences and those of others and to learn about the life and teachings of Jesus.


Our Home School Values – 2021/2022

Our Christian values are an important part of the life of our school.

Each half term we explore a different one of our Christian values in collective worship and through the day to day relationships and working of our school.

To see how you can get involved at home please follow the links on the images below for some lovely ideas. Please remember that we have excellent links with our local churches and they would also be more than happy to explore the Christian values with children and families. 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Friday 3rd April 2020 – Easter Message from Revd Catherine, Vicar

A recent conversation with the post man has given me food for thought about my Easter message this year. I had expressed that I was sad we were not able to celebrate Easter in the usual way in our churches this year – no Good Friday service, no Easter Day service, no School Easter service in St Hilda’s Church… no chocolate egg hunt in the churchyard – no to all the ways we usually celebrate together the good news that Jesus is risen. At the heart of all this is missing contact with all of you – sharing the Easter message – thinking together about the meaning of Easter, singing Easter songs with the children at school, making bright and decorative things to add to the Easter service. It’s not having the conversations and the being together that comes with celebrating Easter that I was sad about. The post man listened very nicely – thank you! and immediately replied, ‘but think of how good it will be next year! There will be real celebration and joy, people will appreciate time together and the simple things that we all take for granted.’ I think he is right.

In the face of the anxiety, fear, and worry about the coronavirus, people everywhere are being considerate of others, offering to help where they can – collecting shopping or prescriptions. When I was in a long queue outside Tesco’s last week in Thirsk (two metres apart you understand!), I overheard a conversation where a woman said, ‘nothing else matters at the moment, just getting food and feeding my family’. I thought of all the things we usually think we need and spend time trying to get, and here we are, stripped to the core and we realise it’s our relationships and those we love that matter most. There is an Easter message here.

When we recall the events of the first Easter all those years ago, of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus, it’s not simply to rehearse the facts or to be amazed that a person was brought back to life. The beating heart of Easter is that God brought out new life from the gloomiest and darkest of situations. What seemed utterly lost to the disciples as they watched Jesus die on the cross was, in fact, only a moment that moved on to become Jesus being raised from the dead, bringing new and eternal life for all of creation – and that’s us too. The message for Easter is summed up in a line from the Bible – ‘the light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome it’. So, amidst the disappointments of the present time, we remain a people of hope, trusting in God to bring new life and hope even from the all that we face now.

I pray for you and your families, especially for relatives you can’t see at this time. I give thanks for technology and all that this enables. I ask the Lord’s blessing on you all this Easter and the ways you will celebrate joyfully with your families. Please see the Ampleforth Youth Church Facebook for ideas and resources for Holy Week and Easter.

The Lord bless us and keep us, Revd Catherine