R.E. and Assemblies
The School has no formal affiliation with any religious denomination. Linda Watkin, the Deacon of Birtley Methodist Church, is a Community Governor in our school and often comes into school to lead assemblies or support RE teaching, e.g. by acting out a baptism. Linda is also part of the ‘Churches Together’ group in Birtley, where volunteers from a range of churches around the local area visit schools on a fortnightly basis and lead an assembly called Open the Book. In the assembly the members of the group dress up and act out stories from the Bible. The children also join in, often by dressing up and becoming part of the story or through calling out key phrases where they participate as a group. The children love these assemblies and the chance to work with visitors.
Each child is involved in a daily Act of Worship. R.E. and Assemblies are predominantly Christian. Parents have the right to remove their children from Collective Worship. Whilst we accept that non-Christian children may not wish to join in prayers, we do expect all children to respect the rights of those who do. The School’s Religious Education follows the Agreed Syllabus of Gateshead L.E.A.
Please contact the Headteacher if you would like more detailed information.