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Denby Free CE VA Primary School

Imagine. Believe. Achieve. Shine.

“Let your light shine” Matthew ch 5 v16

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At Denby Free, as an Outstanding Church of England School, we hold Collective Worship every day. It is a time when all children and staff, of all religions and none, are invited to come together and learn, pray, reflect or simply enjoy some quiet time in their busy day. Daily worship at Denby Free is led by the Collective Worship Team made up of children from all year groups or a member of staff. It is very interactive with stories, singing, drama and  many children tell us it is one of the favourite parts of their day.


Our Collective Worship has at the heart of it the Christian Values on which our school is founded. They help us to live out the Christian vision of the Diocese of Derby which is 'to offer children and young people life in all its fullness’. Worship is planned on a two year rolling programme to offer children and staff the opportunity to regularly reflect on each topic.

We focus on a different Christian Value theme each half term. Each value is introduced in Collective Worship and links are made with the value across the curriculum. Our children are encourage to demonstrate the values in their school and home life and receive rewards in school when this is evident.


As a Church of England school we have close links with St Mary's Parish Church where worship is held at least once a week. In addition, Reverend Martin Jones is a frequent visitor to school to support both Collective Worship and RE teaching.


The Values we explore and strive to live by are:

  • Respect
  • Creation
  • Hope
  • Thankfulness
  • Service
  • Forgiveness
  • Humility
  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Justice and Peace
  • Perseverance
  • Courage

In addition, we have whole school celebrations to mark the Christian festivals of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Epiphany and Remembrance which our whole school communities are invited to attend.

One week in Jerusalem - our Easter celebration!

Design a Christmas jumper competition!