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Ruswarp Church of England Primary School Think for Yourself and Act for Others

Church School

Our church family at Ruwarp C of E begins with the Benefice of Whitby and Ruswarp,  followed by the Diocese of York and then the larger relation of the Church of England

We are among a family of 4,644 Church of England schools, educating around 1 million children.

School’s trust deed 

At Ruswarp we aim to:

  • provide a safe environment in which a child is valued and in which a child can find security, acceptance, reassurance and an opportunity to develop their potential.
  • create a caring and happy community in which Christian values are upheld and lived out each and every day.
  •  ensure that each person is uniquely valued and their gifts and potential are nurtured and developed.
  •  ensure each member of the school knows he or she belongs to all the other members and accepts the responsibility of caring for one another and for God’s world.
  •  as a school we respect the beliefs and religions of all people whilst upholding our own identity as members of the Church of England family. 


Collective worship has an important place in the life of Ruswarp school. Through our collective worship we aim to provide a caring and supportive environment for children to experience some of the essential features of Anglican prayer and worship; to be able to reflect upon the value, purpose and meaning of things; to reflect on right and wrong; to share times of joy and sadness together and to reflect upon ideas concerning Christian values. Worship takes many forms from whole school, class to key stage with children taking an active part. We also welcome Father Michael who leads one of our acts of collective worship on a weekly basis.

In addition to the daily acts of collective worship in school there are larger services to which families and the local community are invited. These services include those for occasions that arise from the Christian calendar or from special school events.


Religious Education & Curriculum

In religious education pupils are taught Christian principles and beliefs, and those of other major world religions.Our aim is that through this teaching it will help them to form their own opinions and engage with religious and moral issues. The caring ethos of the school and the value that we place on the development of the whole child: spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually is reflected in the religious education curriculum. 


Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is seen as a continuous process which begins in the home before children start school, continues through school life as part of the partnership between home and school and develops still further in adulthood. Hearing about people, how they live, their relationships with each other and their environment is an important part of children’s education at the school, as is an understanding of how human action, now and in the past, has influenced events and conditions. Children will learn to understand something of the structure and nature of their own society, its culture, institutions and values as a basis for learning to handle the wide variety of situations which will face them in their lives. The spiritual dimension is an important and central part of school life. This emerges from the opportunities that children have to get to know, understand and appreciate the world around them, and to reflect upon this knowledge and their own place in school, in their family and in God’s world.