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.
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
We brought the Autumn Term to an end with a reflective service led by Reverend Meg at St Chad’s. All of the children from years 1 to 6 were in attendance and angelic singing was heard throughout the church. Thank you to everyone who came along to take part in the...read more
Thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas performances, if you were unable to attend then please enjoy photos from each show below. We would like to thank children, parents and carers for their support over the last year and making St Aidan's a wonderful place...read more
We were honoured this morning to receive a visit from Bishop Paul of Durham and Paul Rickeard, Diocese and Director of Education for Newcastle and Durham. They met the Leading Lights and discussed the projects and assemblies they have been involved in. Following...read more
This morning the Leading Lights led our celebration assembly about Advent. During the assembly they explained Advent is a time for hope and expectation, it is a time for waiting. Each week in the run up to Christmas a candle is lit. The first candle is the candle of...read more
We were joined by Reverend Yvonne this morning who led our communion service. The children discussed great buildings which they had learned about and Reverend Yvonne linked this to temples where the disciples worshipped God. Jesus told his followers not to be...read more