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.
In preparation for taking their first Holy Communion in a few weeks time, eleven Year 3 children were today baptized at St Aidan's. Reverend Meg performed the service and the children were supported by their parents, godparents, family and school friends. It was a...read more
Traditionally children at St Aidan's have been given the opportunity to take their first communion in Year 3 and this year is no different. The service will take place in April and Entry to Communion preparation classes have already begun, led by Mrs...read more
Year 3 have been learning all about the Prophets in this half term's RE topic 'Called by God'. We decided we would like to talk to someone who has been called by God and Reverend Meg said she would be happy to answer our questions. Firstly, she talked to us about her...read more
Year 6 traveled to Durham today to attend a Leavers' Service in Durham Cathedral with lots of other year 6 children. It was a lovely service and a great way to reflect on all the good times they have enjoyed together at primary school before moving on to the next...read more
in RE we have been looking at the story of Joseph and his coat of many colours. We designed our own coats by weaving card and ribbon . They were amazing...read more
Year 6 went to Newcastle Cathedral this morning for the Annual School Leavers' Service, led by the Assistant Bishop of Newcastle. Charlotte, Leo and Nilda represented St Aidan's, carrying our banner in the opening and closing processions. We all joined in with the...read more