Bedale Church Of England Primary School

Learning and Caring Together

Firby Road, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2AT

01677 422 401

Christian Vision

Our children are actively involved in the life of the local church, St Gregory's in Bedale. Reverend Simon leads collective worship regularly in school and is also one of our governors. 


Follow the link to our parish website by clicking the banner below, where you will find more information about the church and the local community.


Bedale is a Church of England Primary School and as such we provide daily collective worship, which takes into account the ages and aptitudes of our pupils.

Collective worship provides and opportunity for the children to explore, reflect upon and respond to teh Christian faith, moral issues and their own beliefs. Participation and response are encouraged whether through active involvement in the presentation of worship of through lisening and joining in the worship offered. Collective worship provides opportunities to develop community spirit and promote a common ethos on the school's Christian values. 

The cycle and colours of the  church year is observed and services are regularly held in the Church for major festivals. Children are encouraged to lead worship both in school and in the church.


Collective worship is planned around the school's three values and Picture News. The school's close relationship with St Cregory's church means that the vicar leads worship weekly in school. The Minister from the local Methodist Church also leads collective worship regularly.


We have a school worship team (staff and children) who all contribute to collective worship. As well as the head teacher, all teachers lead worship and me enjoy having visitors to occasionally lead worship as well.


In support of our values, prayer is a key part of our worship; all children know the Lord's Prayer.

We also have a school prayer which encourages reflection. Bible stories are planned as an integral part of collective worship to support our school values.


Our structure for Worship 2021-2022

Monday - led by Head Teacher

Tuesday – Class collective worship / worship through song

Wednesday – Led by church leaders

Thursday – Family group worship using Picture News

Friday – Celebration worship led by pupils and staff

Religious Education

At Bedale Primary School, our approach to Religious Education reflects the values and vision of the school. We want our children to become resilient, accepting, mindful and inquisitive learners.

The principle aim of RE is to engage our children in an enquiry-based approach, developing their knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain, alongside learning to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape everyday life and behaviour. We aim to provide our children with opportunities to learn from other religions in a local, national and global context; exploring the ethical, moral and spiritual issues related to them.

The RE curriculum at Bedale Primary School provides our children with high quality first-hand experiences, through our strong links with the local churches and the wider community. In addition to the links with local area, our children are inspired to be inquisitive about the world, religious beliefs and practices through visits and visitors.

RE has a significant role in the fostering of our children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We promote respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs, whilst encouraging our children to develop their own sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection; promoting their development into independent and responsible members of society.