Church Life

Old Bexley CE Primary encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith.  The school promotes Christian values which underpin the Christian identity of our school; reaffirms our vision and associated values; and celebrates the central role that each child has to play in the community.  

We follow the Church of England practice of worship. Prayers and responses are known and used by pupils habitually; we follow the Christian liturgical year; candles are lit at the beginning and blown out at the end of Collective Worship; Christian symbols are visible in the halls.  The daily Christian act of worship is central to our ethos and is supported by all staff and governors; it makes an important contribution to the overall spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the whole school community.  

We work closely with the Bexley Ministry Team, in particular the parish churches of St John's and St Mary's with whom we have an historical attachment.  We promote good relationships with the clergy and members of the Clergy team visit the school on a weekly basis to lead Collective Worship.  Visits to the churches to support and enhance pupil learning take place regularly, as well as pupils and their families being invited to attend key services in the Church calendar.


                     St John The Evangelist                                                                        St Mary the Virgin
                   Parkhill Rd, Bexley DA5 1HX                                                              Manor Road, Bexley, DA5 3LX


The Church status of the school is emphasised by:

  • building explicit Christian Values of care, faith, hope and trust into the life of the school, whilst recognising the value of other religions and philosophies, and promoting enquiring approaches to faith;

  • seeking excellence through encouraging pupils to see that academic attainment is part of a wider development including awe, mystery and wonder, and by inducting pupils into cultural and religious ways of making sense of life by moral and ethical means;

  • facilitating a thorough induction into cultural tradition and skills and yet allowing pupils to practice initiative, change and new direction as they shape their future;

  • providing opportunities for spiritual reflection.
  • in Year 6, pupils visit Rochester Cathedral for a Leavers service as part of the annual Church Schools Festival