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.

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 and the school holds regular services at St Herbert’s Church (which is next door to the school), the school, at the village institute or in a larger local church such as Crosthwaite. 

Our act of collective worship (which is held every morning) supports the teaching of RE and promotes Christian 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 plan lead at least one act of worship every fortnight, linked to the focus Christian value for each half term.  We hold outdoor collective worship on Fridays, which is led alternatively by staff and pupils.  

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 are focusing on the following Christian values:

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

During the 2019/20 academic year we focused on the following Christian values:

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