Definition of church school in English:

church school

noun

  • 1(in the UK) a school founded by or associated with the Church of England.

    • ‘He had wanted to abolish church schools, on the grounds that children outside the Anglican faith were often forced to attend a church school.’
    • ‘There was a lot of religious convention: going to church and church school and Sunday school.’
    • ‘His only known education is at a small church school in Stratford-upon-Avon, the village where he was born, leading to claims that he may not have penned his great works himself.’
    • ‘She said: ‘I felt when I went to a church school as a girl that we were different.’’
    • ‘We are not a traditional church school, but we are in a Christian nation so we work with shared values of Christianity and other faiths.’
    • ‘The development will benefit existing pupils at the prestigious church school and the surrounding community.’
    • ‘A woman vicar has won a fight to be allowed to give communion at a church school.’
    • ‘The church school is very popular and under its criteria, living in the parish boundary is more important than having siblings already at the school.’
    • ‘Merton Council is offering two different housing developments as options for the Merton College sixth form site despite impassioned pleas by residents for a church school.’
    • ‘For us children it also meant education at the local church school, which we greatly appreciated.’
    • ‘The move could lead to some parents being unable to send their children to a church school because they could not afford to pay the transport costs.’
    • ‘When parents voluntarily choose to send their children to a church school they know that the school will both teach and attempt to nurture their children in the life of faith.’
    • ‘In the present ecumenical atmosphere it might even be possible for a reformed church school and a Catholic school to be accommodated within the same state school.’
    • ‘Plans to convert a former church school in Accrington into a resource centre for elderly residents have been axed after the costs doubled.’
    • ‘Clacton will get its first church school in September after plans to relaunch Great Clacton Junior School under its new status passed the final legal hurdle.’
    • ‘To these can be added many who have no church affiliation other than being baptised as babies, attending a church school, or seeing themselves as citizens of a ‘Christian’ country.’
    • ‘A teacher at a church school who turned to drug-dealing to supplement his salary could face a jail sentence after admitting supplying cocaine.’
    • ‘He added: ‘It is disappointing, but after two years hard work towards this end, it may be the only chance for Clacton to get a church school.’’
    • ‘The chairman of the Morden Lodge Residents' Association had initially hoped for a church school to be built on Central Road but agreed with Ms McDonald that the accepted scheme was better for the community.’
    • ‘He said that as the parish vicar he would have expected his child to attend All Saints as it is a church school.’
    1. 1.1 (in the US) a private school supported by a Church or parish.
      • ‘When all age groups are exploring the same seasonal theme and texts each week in church school, and when these are also the basis for the worship of the congregation, the worship experience is enhanced for all.’
      • ‘I will do it between having three families over for lunch on Sunday and preparing my Wednesday night church school lesson.’
      • ‘I can't change what a church school can do, but there are many things we can all do to change things for the better.’
      • ‘As for the once controversial church school, in its place the public school kindergarten permanently uses our facilities.’
      • ‘This is a very useful book that should find its way into the hands of a variety of audiences, from college and seminary introductory courses to the inquiring church school class.’
      • ‘While the book is geared for families, it perhaps also has the potential for group use in a church school setting.’
      • ‘For example, some groups will want to use the Web to increase their interaction with each other, such as a church school class continuing a Web-based discussion about last week's session.’
      • ‘The church's goal is to make disciples, and church school is prime disciple-making turf.’
      • ‘The second raised the question of whether a church school could receive special treatment under Maryland land use laws.’
      • ‘I went to a church school and I was taught that the two greatest commandments are love the Lord your God with all your mind, your body and your soul, and love your neighbor as yourself.’
      • ‘Later, I moved into another foster home and was sent to a church school in Weyburn.’
      • ‘An hour or less a week for class plus the erratic attendance patterns of many children make it pretty difficult for a community to be formed in the church school classroom.’
      • ‘Give thanks for learners, church school teachers, ministers, parents, writers, and storytellers who help us learn about God's love for us.’
      • ‘During those years I served also as an adult church school teacher and a military instructor in the Army Reserve, which gave me important additional insights into teaching and learning.’
      • ‘Theological conversation about these issues ought to be part of a church school curriculum.’
      • ‘Many churches now supplement their church school curriculum with Christian software.’
      • ‘It is important to know that you can use songs in worship that church school students have learned and will love to sing for many years to come.’
      • ‘How can children and youth with special needs be included in the church school?’
      • ‘There were only seven children and youth listed as potential church school students.’
      • ‘I have personally witnessed an example of this: the story of the boy from the fundamentalist family down the street, who attends the church school.’