St Andrew’s CE Primary School has close links with St Andrew’s Church. Classes have the opportunity to visit the Church to learn about Baptism, Christingle, Epiphany, Easter, Eucharist and Christmas. Rev. Rachel Battershell works closely with the St Andrew’s Ethos Team, supporting them in the planning, deliverance and evaluation of school worship.
“The strong link with St Andrew’s Church enables children to have positive views of the role of the Christian church within the community.”
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“I was ordained at Manchester Cathedral in June 2011 and spent my Curacy in two small parishes in Oldham and then worked as a Team Vicar in a Parish in Ashton under Lyne. I became the Vicar of the Benefice of Dearnley, Wardle and Smallbridge, which includes St Andrew’s Church, Dearnley and Wardle Village Church in May 2017.
Before ordination, I worked as a nurse in a variety of settings; hospital wards, nursing homes, building sites and factories. The last 10 years of my nursing career, I worked in the field of Occupational Health, working in food factories, car manufacture and finally at the University of Salford where I looked after the staff of the university as well as students on health care courses.
I have enjoyed my interaction with the five schools in the area with many assemblies and visits to Church over the year. I am a Member of the Board of Wardle Trust following the two Church schools joining the trust in September 2017.
Being a Member of the board enables me to maintain the Christian ethos of St James’ and St Andrew’s schools. But this role also involves working with the other Members and Trustees to provide excellent teaching and outcomes for our Children both in primary and secondary levels. I look forward to the challenges ahead in the Church, Community and at the Trust.”