RE & Collective Worship

In RE children learn from and about faith. Our school aims to help them respect the beliefs and practices of others, as well as to discover more about their own religion.  We use the 'Understanding Christianity' scheme of work, along with some units from the Diocese of Carlisle's scheme of work. Our RE lessons teach our pupils about Christianity along with other faiths, particularly Islam and Judaism, as well as giving them opportunities to think about their own responses to faith questions.

Braithwaite is a Church of England School within the parish of Thornthwaite-cum-Braithwaite and the Carlisle diocese. Christian values pervade the life of the school. Visiting clergy from the local area regularly lead collective worship. 

Our act of collective worship (which is held every morning) supports the teaching of RE and promotes both Christian values and British values. We celebrate successes within school and the community, consider events internationally, nationally and locally, contemplate the awe and wonder of our world, and consider personal, social and environmental issues.  Pupils are involved in leading acts of worship regularly.  

Every half term we hold a special assembly, when we celebrate achievements and successes in school.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons and from collective worship.

Annual special services

  • Harvest Festival
  • Christmas Celebration 
  • Easter Service
  • Leavers’ Service

Parents, carers and members of the community are welcome to attend these services, which are held either in school, at the Victory Memorial Institute or a local church. During Covid-19 restrictions we have made these accessible to families through Zoom or by posting videos on a secure site.

Christian Values

During the 2020/21 academic year we were focusing on the following Christian values:

  • Autumn: Trust & Love
  • Spring: Forgiveness & Hope
  • Summer: Friendship & Thankfulness

During the 2021/22 academic year we are focusing on the following Christian values:

  • Autumn: Respect & Peace
  • Spring: Fellowship & Fairness/Justice
  • Summer: Compassion & Wisdom