Religious Education and Collective Worship

St. Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary Academy is a vibrant church school with Christian values at its heart. The distinctive Christian ethos permeates all aspects of school life and has an outstanding impact on pupils’ personal development.

This personal development is seen through the established strengths of:

  • The focus on Christian Values which leads to outstanding spiritual, moral and academic development of all pupils.
  • The outstanding relationships within the school family, based on Christian love and care for each individual.
  • The quality of relationships with parents and the positive Christian impact the school has in the wider community.
  • The schools procedures for evaluating its effectiveness as a Church School
  • The excellent and vibrant quality of worship which makes a significant impact on pupils’ spiritual development.

The School’s Christian character nourishes, encourages and challenges the spiritual and cultural development of the whole school community. This is particularly shown by the collective acts of worship which lie at the heart of school life for all staff and pupils alike.

As a Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary Academy, our Religious Education curriculum is based on the syllabus written by the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education (2013). As a Christian School, our pupils are taught about other world faiths as part of the multicultural society in which we live. This is exemplified by one of our pupils who stated in our recent SIAMs inspection, “Because we are a Christian School, God is part of us and our School” June 2013

Worship lies at the very heart of our school community, in which there is a collective act of worship each day. Worship is led by the clergy of the Parish, staff and pupils. The Academy welcomes a variety of visitors bringing that wider perspective which greatly enhances our school worshipping life. St Wilfrid’s Church plays an integral role in this being used for corporate acts of worship, Living Church Days, Concerts, celebratory occasions, for example Easter Praise, Christingle, Christmas worship. The Church also provides a valuable resource for many extra-curricular activities such as the photography club, eco-warriors – all of these give us, as a whole community, the opportunity to see the strong link between the School and the Church.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the Act of Worship and may do so by arrangement with the Governing Body. All parents wishing to take this option are asked to discuss the matter with the Headteacher.

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“RE contributes significantly to the spiritual development of the pupils and to the life and work of the school as a church school.”                                                 

Ofsted, September 2007

Office Contact: Mrs P Jackson

St Wilfrid's Church of England

Primary Academy.

Rectory Lane, Standish,

Wigan WN6 0XB


Tel: 01257423992

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