Religious Education

As a Church of England school, we provide religious education and daily collective worship for all pupils and promote their spiritual, moral and cultural development in accordance with the Law.

Our pupils show a strong sense of respect for others’ values and faiths as demonstrated in collective worship, lesson observations and work. Indeed, in June 2014 an OFSTED inspector gave the opinion that “the Christian values of the school breathe through the very bricks of the building.”

In this school Christianity forms the core of what we uphold and teach, and believe it to be evident in the ethos of the school. At the same time, however, we acknowledge and value the multi-faith nature of our community and society. St. Michael at Bowes aims to give its pupils an understanding of the Christian way of life. The school maintains close links with the parish church of St. Michael at Bowes click this link and St Cuthbert’s click this link. Our pupils participate in services at the churches for some of the major Christian festivals, or on special occasions throughout the year. The clergy from both churches lead on collective worship on a regular basis. They support the RE curriculum through Godly Play, support with planning, delivery of lessons and resources as required.

This school has at its foundation the provision of education in accordance with the teaching and doctrine of the Church of England.

As a school we believe worship to be an act of adoration or reverence offered to God for his activities in the world which forms an integral part of our identity and the education provided by this school.

Our RE Curriculum follows the LDBS (London Diocesan Board for School) scheme which focuses on:

  • AT1 – Learning about Religion(s)
  • AT2 – Learning from Religion(s)

RE statement please click this link

Beatitudes click this link

For an outline of the curriculum (RE policy) please click this link. 

Spirituality Policy please click this link

For a breakdown for individual year groups’ curriculum map, please click this link for our overview.

SIAMS inspection report click this link

REQM certificate click this link

For further information, please click this link to view the LDBS website


At St Michael at Bowes Church of England Primary School collective worship is an important part of each school day. Acts of worship are Christian in nature with an opportunity for reflection on a variety of aspects of life for all children.We aim to reflect the cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds of our school population. During the year we celebrate Christian festivals and as well as other multi-faith celebrations such as Eid il Fitr, Hanukkah or Diwali. If any parent wishes to withdraw their child from all or some of our assemblies then please ensure that we are aware of your wish by discussing them with the headteacher.