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Birchanger Church of England VC Primary School

Learn to love, love to learn

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Birchanger Church of England VC Primary School

Learn to love, love to learn


School Values & The Birchanger Community

Our school values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.



We are committed to the pursuit of excellence in all we do -in our work, play and relationships with each other. Everything we do is built on the Christian values of Love, Care, Courage and Truth.

Our core values

Love – We treat each other with respect and kindness. We always listen to each other’s point of view. We help and support each other in our learning.

Care – We care for our school, local environment and our community. We understand our duty to care for and value the amazing world we live in. We learn about and care for people worldwide who suffer and whose lives are hard and look for ways to actively help them.

Courage – We learn to support each other to share and overcome our doubts and fears. We learn to support each other to always do the very best we can. We learn to be confident and happy about the person we are. We learn to celebrate and share in other people’s success.

Truth – We learn the importance of being truthful in all situations. We learn how to make right and good decisions for us and for others. We are encouraged to be true to ourselves. We learn the importance of always searching for the truth in all our learning and other activities.

Birchanger Community


The village

It is very important to us that we maintain strong links with the village community. We have an independent nursery unit on our site; encourage local people to come and share their skills and knowledge with the children by running clubs or talking to them in class; invite members of the community into school for lunch and celebrations and take part in church services and village events.  The village has its own website (page opens in a new tab).


St Mary’s Church

School church  School church


Rector: The Reverend Paul Wilkin (01279-812203) School church

Churchwardens: Mrs Pam Lee (07702-171744) and Mr Peter Odrich (01279-323927)


Sunday services:

There is a service in St Mary’s Church every Sunday of the month at 11am.  All are very welcome to join our friendly congregation in our worship. You will be assured of a very warm welcome. The schedule of monthly services is set out below:

1st Sunday 2nd Sunday 3rd Sunday 4th Sunday 5th Sunday
Holy Communion
Family Service
Holy Communion
A traditional Book of Common Prayer based service A Holy Communion service with hymns and modern language for all ages. An informal service for all ages with hymns, readings and a talk/activity. A Holy Communion service with hymns and modern language for all ages. A traditional Book of Common Prayer based service

The Churchwardens and PCC organise an active calendar of social activities linked to the Church which are a great way to get to know people and support the Church. Details of this are listed in the weekly Bulletin newsletter handed out at Church services.


Links between St Mary’s Church and Birchanger C of E Primary School

The Clergy, Church Wardens and PCC Members of St Mary’s Church are all committed to the maintaining and developing of good links between the church and the school. The church has two governors on the school governing body which ensures a good relationship is maintained.

Reverend Paul and Pam Lee (Churchwarden) take it in turns to lead a weekly assembly every Tuesday at 1.10pm in school. The assemblies follow a termly theme and involve the pupils learning about the key points of the Christian faith via stories, activities and singing. The whole school also attends the Church for special services at Harvest, Christmas and Easter.


Birchanger Nursery

Birchanger Nursery is located on the main school site near the wildlife area. They have their own website (page opens in a new tab).

The history of Birchanger Primary School

Birchanger School was first founded in the 1860’s. Up to 1900 the school had as few as 26 pupils and as many as 88, about what it is now is 109 on roll. It was not unknown for children to have time off to help with the harvest in September and October.

School trips have been taking place for many years. It’s known that in the 1920’s there were trips to the seaside and to the Empire Exhibition in London.

The old school building still exists in the village, and the opening of the new School building was opened by the Bishop of Colchester on Friday 19th February 1982 and photographs of this event are on display in the School Reception area.