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.
Today as part of our Chapel Service we learned this week is a very important week in the church as we celebrate All Saints Day. We listened to values in our readings and today is the eve of All Saint’s Day when we will be remembering all Saints. Reverend Meg taught us...read more
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We listened to the story of Moses when he was looking after his father in law's sheep. He travelled further than normal and discovered a burning bush which was still whole and not disintegrating. A voice came out of the bush and said, "Moses take your shoes off, this...read more
A beautiful summer's day welcomed our end of the year Eucharist, with a special theme of wishing our Year 6 children the best in the future. Reverend Meg led our service discussing what the children could hope for as they moved from one class to the next, and how we...read more
As part of our RE topic 'Judaism', we visited Newcastle Reform Synagogue this morning. We found out all about the Jewish faith, including its origins, traditions, festivals, prayers, food rules and dress codes. We were shown the Torah scrolls in the Ark and even...read more
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