Religious Life of the School
The Christian ethos of the school is deeply embedded and impacts significantly upon pupils’ lives and their
Collective worship is at the heart of the school and this continually serves to strengthen its Christian
Pupils develop a strong sense of spirituality through opportunities for both reflection and prayer as they
progress through the school.
The school’s Christian care and support for each individual ensures pupils are keen to learn and behave very
well. It also impacts positively on the strong quality of the relationships evident at every level across the
Religious education (RE) and collective worship make valuable and sustained contributions to the Christian
ethos of the school and to the good spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of pupils.
Worship is a cherished and inspiring part of school life and has a significant impact upon pupils’ spiritual and moral
growth and how they develop as individuals.
These statements have been taken from our last ‘Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools’ (SIAMS) report from 2018 which can be found here: SIAMS Report 2018
Our daily life incorporates the following Christian values:
St Aidan’s is a Church of England Aided School. This means it is owned by the Church but has financial ‘aid’ from the state. As a Church of England School there is a special relationship between church and school. At St Aidan’s there is mutual support between the diocese of Newcastle and Durham, the Parish of Bensham, with its parish Church, St Chad’s, Bensham, St Aidan’s Church in the Teams and the school. The clergy from the area play an active part in school life on a daily basis e.g. conducting services, governing body, running school clubs etc.
A Church School has a distinctive ethos because we aim to emphasise Christian values. We want the school always to reflect God’s love for each individual through its atmosphere of welcome, care, reassurance and service. We hope by doing so to show the relevance of Christianity to the children’s lives.
Our Leading Lights were very fortunate to visit London with Mrs Steele and Mrs Lain. They met in the Rainforest Cafe and spent time with the Leading Lights from St Paulinus Primary School from London talking about their own experiences of leading collective worship...read more
We were very lucky to have both Reverend Yvonne and Reverend Alex in our chapel service this morning. We thought about God and how he might feel about the world today, for example he may be upset through out littering and pollution. Children were asked to imagine what...read more
Pastor Jonny from Hillsong Church came into Year 3 to talk to the children about John 13:34. He firstly gave context to the verse so answered the questions: who said the verse, when did Jesus say the verse, who did Jesus say the verse to, why did he say the verse to...read more
Yesterday, the whole school took part in the Stations of the Cross. They journeyed through the stations as Jesus did 2000 years ago and reflected on the events up until His crucifixion. The children answered questions in groups which challenged them to think the way...read more
Today has been a very memorable day in Year 3. Some of the children were admitted to their first Holy Communion in a service led by Reverend Meg and attended by family, friends and all of St. Aidan's. All of the class performed a beautiful dance to the song 'Christ...read more
We were honoured to be asked if a selection of children could be recorded for Christian Radio broadcasting. Ian Britton, the Premier Christian Radio Northern Correspondant visited St Aidan’s and recorded children retelling the parables of Jesus in one minute...read more
Year 4 were invited to Durham Cathedral with schools from the Diocese to take part in the 50th celebration of the Christingle. Bishop Paul talked about the meaning of each part of the Christingle and their symbolism. Over 900 children attended the service in a place...read more
This morning our Leading Lights led today’s worship on the theme of ‘Belonging’. They discussed a story about problems which were being experienced by the church 200 years ago in Corinth, which is now in Greece. The people there found it hard to work together, listen...read more
Year 4 were fortunate to receive a visit from Michael Vallance who works for The Children’s Society. He taught us about Edward Rudolf who started off the work of the Children’s Society. Every year the Children’s Society need to raise £6,000,000 and over the next week...read more