RE & Worship

At St James', RE and Worship form an integral part of daily school life.

The school celebrate the diverse community through learning about and learning from a variety of Religions including Holy Days and Festivals.


Our Vision Statement:

Guided by our Christian Values we endeavour to inspire, cherish and serve our school community. We strive to be exceptional in all we do. We will nurture a love of all God’s children. We seek to build respect for all faiths and beliefs.

‘Serve one another in love’

(Galatians 5.13)

Our Mission Statement:

"Together we value, inspire and develop each other within a happy, safe community based on Christian values and respect for other faiths."

‘Show respect to everyone’

(Peter 1 2.17)

Please click on the documents below to read our Worship Policy and the Holy Days we are studying and celebrating in school:

Religious Calendar and Events 2019-20

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RE Curriculum School Yearly Overview 2019-20

Within school we follow the Blackburn Diocese RE Syllabus for Church Schools which is called Questful RE. This syllabus is supplemented by the Church of England Education resource Understanding Christianity.

Section 48: National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) Report

The school was judged to be outstanding because:

  • Blackburn St James’ is highly effective in nurturing relationships, which results in consistently improving levels of attainment and outstanding progress.

  • The strong, purposeful Christian leadership and the pursuit of excellence secures the highest levels of personal development for all members of the school community.

  • Pupils show exceptionally good behaviour and attitudes that are closely attributed to their understanding of the school’s nine core Christian values. 

  • The schools links with the church, community and local inter-faith groups significantly enhance the school’s Christian character and pupils’ learning experiences

Click on the link below to read the full report:

St. James' Day - November 2018

Thursday the 1st of November is All Saints Day where Christians remember Patron Saints. These are people chosen from history as special protectors of areas of life, such as animals, countries and organisations.

 

St James’ is the Patron Saint of Spain and pilgrimages and is celebrated on the 25th of July each year. In Spain, they celebrate by having feasts with family and friends. 

 

As St James’ Patron Saint Day falls in the Summer holidays, we held a St James’ Celebration Day on the 1st of November 2018 where children learnt about the life of St James’. Children came to school dressed in clothing inspired by St James’ life – a fisherman or the Spanish flag colours for example. They participated in a pilgrimage around school, acting out the pilgrimage ‘Santiago de Compostela.’ They also learnt about emblems that represent St James and how St James’ is represented in Christian art. On the day, each class held a feast as a way of celebrating St James’, replicating the celebrations in Spain.

Our School Values: Respect, Love and Courage.