St John's Church, Rishworth

St John’s Church, Rishworth

As a Church Academy, the religious education of the children is central to the life of the school. It permeates all that is taught inside and outside the classroom. Work in religious education begins with the simplest of beliefs; trust in Jesus and in God. It gradually progresses to a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Christian Faith, the life and teachings of Jesus, a reverence for truth, a respect for others, knowledge of other faiths, and an acceptance of responsibility which all underpin the child’s knowledge of God.

The RE Scheme of Work is based upon the Dioceses of Leeds and York Diocesan syllabus for Religious Education. Within that Syllabus, Christianity forms the broad core of the work undertaken, however children also learn about a range of other world religions.

An act of Collective Worship of a Christian character is undertaken daily at school. Teachers and the clergy from the local churches lead the worship. Holy Communion is celebrated in school at Easter and during the leavers’ service in July.

St. John’s School has strong links with the local village church, with the children participating in services several times a year.

Children of all ages and their parents are warmly invited to attend the church services that involve the children, as well as the regular Sunday morning worship in church.

Parents wishing to do so, can exercise their right to withdraw their children from RE and worship under section 237 (2) of the 1988 Education Act. If parents are considering such a decision, they are asked to consult with the Head Teacher.

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Recently St John’s held their annual Anniversary Service and picnic. Here are some photos of the congregation.

SIAMS Feedback (January 2015)

“St John’s Primary is a very welcoming and caring school where children are proud of their learning, their friends and their teachers.”

“Relationships and behaviour are outstanding. This individual care of children and inclusivity throughout school ensures pupils achieve well, not only academically but spiritually and personally.” Read full SIAMS report

RE and Collective Worship


During Spring Term 2019, KS2 have explored the concept of Salvation. To share their understanding of the events of Holy Week, pupils created varied artwork based on the crosses of Good Friday and Easter Sunday.



In Autumn Term 2018, EYFS and KS1 found out more about how Christians and Muslims welcome babies to their faith. We enjoyed a visit to St John’s Church for a mock baptism with Reverend Carol and listened to Fozia Bi speak to us about how babies are welcomed to Islam.

During Spring Term 2018, we had an RE week to introduce all the school to the new Understanding Christianity Resource. We looked at the ‘Big Frieze’ which tells the full bible story and created our own version of it. Each class created a panel and presented it during assembly. Look out for the ‘St John’s Big Frieze’ which will be on display shortly in the entrance hall.

Class 1- Creation/ Incarnation

Class 2- People of God

Class 3- Gospel

Class 4- Salvation

Class 5- Fall/Kingdom of God