We are an Outstanding Church of England Voluntary Aided School 

A voluntary aided school (VA school) is a state-funded school in England and Wales in which a foundation or trust (usually a religious organisation), contributes to building costs and has a substantial influence in the running of the school.

VA schools are paid on a similar basis to other categories of school, but the governing body must usually pay at least 10% of the costs of capital work. Responsibility for work to VA school premises is shared between the school's governing body and the local authority (LA).

SIAMS Report Hathersage St. Michaels VA 2017

Learning, Laughing, Living is at the heart of everything we do:

Children's Version:

Learning – The things which you have learned, received, heard or saw in me –do these things and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9

Laughing – Being sad about things that make us unhappy is good for us. Thinking of funny things makes us laugh to help us feel better. Luke 6:21

Living – God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self – controlled. Galatians 5:22

 Learning, Laughing, Living is at the heart of everything we do:

Learning – Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9

Laughing – Blessed are those who weep now, for you shall laugh. Luke 6:21

Living - by the spirit…. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self – Control. Galatians 5:22


Hathersage St. Michael’s Church of England (Aided) Primary School

We aim to serve our community by providing education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. We encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promote Christian values through the experience we offer to all our pupils in our school family. This should enable them to achieve their full potential in all areas of school life.

Our school aims to provide:

  • high quality teaching within a broad, flexible and creative curriculum;
  • a wealth of experiences, both in and out of the curriculum, that enhance the pupils’ development of independence, health, personal & enterprise skills;
  • a safe and caring environment where we respect each other;
  • a climate in which everyone, pupils and staff, has a commitment to do their best;
  • aspiration, praise and encouragement for all;
  • a cheerful, friendly and enjoyable atmosphere;
  • an inclusive approach, enabling every child to progress in all aspects of school life;
  • a Christian example, where we respect and value both ourselves and others;
  • opportunities to discover more about British values, different faiths and cultures.

Based on Christian values we want the children to:

  • reach their full potential in all aspects of their learning and development;
  • be at the centre of our caring school community;
  • be prepared for life after school and their emerging involvement in the local and wider community;
  • work together and co-operate for the benefit of everyone;
  • behave well and become role models for each other;
  • look after our school and the environment;
  • be challenged and have fun.

We aspire to be an outstanding school

Learning Laughing Living

 Collective Worship

We hold a daily Collective Worship which may be in the school hall, in our classroom, outside, in the Parish church or in the Methodist church. Our Collective Worship is led by our Collective Worship monitors in Year 5, by our Headteacher, our teachers, our vicar, our Methodist Minister  or by visitors. We celebrate our Good News every Friday. We regularly fundraise for charities and others all over the world. We support our church community by providing displays and decorations e.g art modelled poppies and angels for the Patronal Festival.

Courageous Advocacy

We regularly support projects and charities to support children to understand that the world can be changed, to improve outcomes for all and fulfil our Christian values. The children often suggest their own ideas to support their passions and interests e.g. support for disaster zones around the world, Harvest, Water Aid, Sports Relief, Comic Relief and Christian Aid. This was our latest whole school event:

National Day of Reflection 23.3.21

Each class across the school spent time thinking about the impact of Covid 19 on themselves, their family, our school family and the wider community.  Each pupil has tied a yellow piece of wool to our hedge to remind us all as we walk in and out of school of  our hopes for the future.