Church Schools’ Foundation Places
Many Church of England Secondary Schools and St Mary’s and All Saints’ schools in this parish, have admission criteria for the church foundation places. This criteria is looking for a meaningful relationship with a church. For our parish church schools priority is given to the three Putney Church of England Churches, St Mary’s, All Saints’ and St Margaret’s.
A description of a meaningful relationship with a church is found on school websites and is expressed both as regular worship (twice a month) and a meaningful contribution to the life of the church community such as singing in the choir, teaching in Sunday School or supporting governance and church activity. The period that this relationship is looked for is at least two years up to the date of submitting applications.
The Covid-19 lock-down meant it was unlawful to hold services in our church buildings and have activities running which people could contribute to. Whilst our parish held on-line services during this time, we have been told that:
In looking for satisfaction of admission criteria for 2021 and 2022 admissions, we can disregard the time during which church life and worship was substantially impaired by lock-down. We are viewing this as the period March to August 2020.
So please be re-assured that this period will not have an impact on your application for a foundation place.
From 1st September, the ‘involvement in church life’ criteria begins again and the following notes are designed to support you in your involvement:
1. Details of services being held , including provision for children, can be found on both parish church websites: at St Mary’s http://stmarys.parishofputney.com/worship/services/ and All Saints’ http://allsaints.parishofputney.com/?p=7156.
2. In terms of making a meaningful contribution, it is clear that church life will remain different from pre lock-down. For example, no singing is allowed and so no choir operates. However, new opportunities have emerged to make a meaningful contributions, such as providing technical support for the streaming of services.
These links provide a list of different ways in which people can meaningfully engage with the life of the two churches:
or email Julie [email protected] for St Mary’s
3. If you are interested in being involved in church life and would value a conversation about what your gifts, strengths and interests are and how they might fit in with volunteering opportunities:
At St Mary’s Church, please do email:
At All Saints’ Church please email:
Lottie Clarke, All Saints’ Administrator at [email protected]
4. Some of you may be directed by the NHS to self isolate into the Autumn term. If that is the case, please do contact Rev’d John Whittaker to discuss how we will manage that, but please be rest assured; those directed by the NHS to self isolate will not be penalised by the admissions criteria as a result.
We are very much holding you all in our prayers at this turbulent time and are committed to working with and supporting you to ensure that the Covid-19 disruptions do not hamper your being part of our church life and application for a church school foundation place.
Sunday School / Godly Play
We are privileged to have a dedicated Godly Play classroom here at St Mary’s and before Covid-19 we welcomed children aged 3+ at least once a term to join. Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture. It aims to develop a deeper understanding of stories, symbols and rites as a way of preparing children to join in the worship and life of their faith community.
Our tradition of serving during services is currently on hold due to social distancing regulations.
If you, or your children, would be interesting in serving on a Sunday morning or evening in the future please speak to one of the clergy or email Antonia Wainman by clicking on this link: weddings.[email protected]
Admission to Holy Communion
Here at Little Voices Putney we provide fun and inspiring performing arts training through after school lessons for children aged 4 – 13 years, building confidence and nurturing talent through inspirational singing and drama lessons.
We believe in gaining life skills to follow your dreams and that every child has something amazing to share! Our fun and inspiring drama and singing lessons build children’s confidence and promote their development in a happy, positive, safe and stimulating environment.
Working towards a yearly performance and LAMDA examinations, our trained singing and drama tutors work with each child in small class sizes which means we can focus on the individual child’s development and deliver specialist Performing Arts training.
Our unique framework of lessons means that we can ensure everyone gets a part and that we provide a wonderful, caring environment where your child can make new friends and grow in confidence whilst developing as an individual. We are extremely passionate about helping all our pupils reach their full potential promoting good posture, articulation, projection, clarity and diction.
For further info contact: [email protected]
or visit: www.littlevoices.org.uk