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As a voluntary controlled Church of England Primary School, we want our children to experience a Christian based education.  Collective Worship and Religious Education have a central role to play in the life of our school, contributing to the child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.  Our distinctive ethos is shaped by the importance it gives to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development in the context of the Christian faith and beliefs.

The school has a special relationship with the community of Bodiam through its association with the Parish Church of St Giles.  We attend the church regularly for special events and celebrations, which reflect the Liturgical Calendar including Christmas, Easter and Harvest.  Pupils sing, dance, read from the Bible, perform poetry and experience and communicate the essence of an occasion in many different ways. 

Canon Christopher Irvine, Priest in Charge of Bodiam & Ewhurst regularly comes to the school to lead our Collective Worship and takes part in special celebrations.


External Consultant

  • ‘As always, displays are vibrant and show what pupils have been learning.
  • There are many examples of SMSC in displays.
  • The Christian ethos of the school is evident and this is embedded in the way that staff relate to pupils and that pupils relate to each other.
  • The school's core values of respect and tolerance are strong and evident in day to day life. Staff really care about pupils and have high expectations of each and every one.

SIAMS 2016

The school’s strong Christian values and ethos are very clear.

The school has a strong and distinctive child-centred Christian ethos and clear Christian values which impact deeply and positively on the school’s outstanding provision and excellent outcomes for the pupils.


Prayer Spaces

Every year, we create ‘PRAYER SPACES’ twice within the year. These have been promoted by the diocese and will be available for pupils, staff and governors to visit over the period of our Harvest Celebration.

Prayer spaces are now used in many church schools to encourage and inspire personal reflection/prayer.

People of all faiths and none, have the opportunity to stop and reflect on a given theme.

A temporary space will be created for a few days and then the area will revert to its normal usage.



Our pupils have organised opportunities to visit the Prayer Space but they may choose to do so on their own at another time, or with parents.

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