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Guildford school and parish feature in BBC Sunday Worship

Date: 08 March 2017

Bishop Jo preachesPupils and staff of Holy Trinity Pewley Down School, Guildford featured alongside the Bishop of Dorking in ther March 12 Sunday Worship service, which is broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

St Mary’s church in Guildford’s Quarry Street hosted the second of the faith programme’s special Lent services entitled ‘The Pearl of Great Value’, based on Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s Lent book, Dethroning Mammon. The theme for the service and Bishop Jo Wells’ sermon springs from the problem that 'What we measure controls us', exploring how to live according to our values, not by numerical targets or financial bottom lines – a concept lived out by the pupils of at Holy Trinity Pewley Down School through their school values.

In their interviews for the radio programme, head teacher Clare Brunet and two pupils from the school outlined examples of what this means practically for them – Clare spoke of the importance of using data to better support, encourage and inspire a lifetime love of learning, as well as helping to focus on academic excellence. She said:


“a school community where children thrive and our values each reflect a different aspect of human flourishing: wisdom, dignity, hope and community.”


“Our school values form a key foundation for our community life. At Holy Trinity Pewley Down School, day by day we endeavour to find ways to live by Jesus’ words from John’s gospel ‘I have come that they may have life, and life to the full.’ Those words are the foundation from which we derive our school motto: Learn to Live. We want to build a school community where children thrive and our values each reflect a different aspect of human flourishing: wisdom, dignity, hope and community.”

Pupils Toby (Y5) and Megan (Y6) gave their favourite value and then explained, with an example from their school life, why it was so important. 


“I like ‘Embracing the future with hope and confidence’. That’s because it helps me believe that I can give something new my best shot, and not feel it’s going to be too difficult or out of reach."


Toby said: “I like ‘Embracing the future with hope and confidence’. That’s because it helps me believe that I can give something new my best shot, and not feel it’s going to be too difficult or out of reach. I remember on the Year 4 camping trip I was terrified to go on the climbing wall; it was really high, but I wanted to have a go. I was encouraged by my classmates and managed to get to the top."

Clare added: “The children were thrilled to be able to communicate in their own words why our values matter and it really was fantastic to hear the children explain so confidently how central to their education the school's values have become, as well as to have the opportunity to speak about how our school values enable children to flourish.”

Jo Wells, Bishop of Dorking, said: “Holy Trinity Pewley Down School represents a wonderful outworking of what I preached.

"Despite the demands of SAT testing, league tables and bottom lines, they live a set of values that are really admirable and define the culture of the school community in a way that far exceeds the scope of all test scores!”


“Holy Trinity Pewley Down School represents a wonderful outworking of what I preached. They live a set of values that are really admirable and define the culture of the school community in a way that far exceeds the scope of all test scores!”


The service, which was led by the rector of Holy Trinity and St Mary, the Revd Canon Robert Cotton, with music from the combined girls’ and boys’ choirs, ​was aired on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship programme on Sunday 12 March. ​If you missed the programme, you can listen again here for one week after ​its broadcast.

More photos from the service on Flickr >>> 

A link to resources for individuals and small groups based on the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book Dethroning Mammon is available on the Sunday Worship web pages.

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Romans 12:2

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