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Citizenship and RE

St Leonard’s has an active School Council, made up of children from all age groups, elected democratically by the children themselves. The School Council interacts with the Senior Management Team and provides first-hand experience of the process of democracy and an introduction to the resulting responsibilities.

By experiencing real elections, and seeing how the School Council is run, children develop an understanding of the mechanics of democracy and the institutions that lie at the heart of our own democracy.

Pupils in Year 6 also elect two pupils as Padiham Pupil Parliament representatives. The Pupil Parliament consists of representatives from each of the five Padiham Primary schools and organises inter-school events such as an annual Remembrance Day service.

Religious Education.

This is central to our belief, Mission statement and teaching at St Leonard’s. As a Church of England Aided Primary School, we follow the syllabus as laid down by the Blackburn Diocese. This mainly involves the study of Christianity. Two other religions, Judaism and Islam, are also studied.

Collective worship and a Christian attitude to life is developed and seen as central to the ethos that permeates the life of the school. This includes the use of daily prayers in both collective worship and class.

Parents have the right to withdraw their child(ren) from Religious Education lessons.

Acts of Worship

A daily act of worship is conducted. A weekly theme is presented by teachers with the active participation of the pupils.  Opportunities for reflection, hymns, prayers and stories are included and enjoyed by all. The Parish Priest, Mark Jones, leads collective worship fortnightly. We regularly attend Church as a school to take part in services to mark key events in the Church year.

Parents have the right to withdraw their child (ren) from Acts of Worship.

Church Services

As this is a Church school, it is expected that every pupil will attend Church services. All family members, relatives and friends are invited to attend any of these services.

  • Harvest Festival
  • Christingle
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Mothers’ Day
  • Easter
  • Leavers’ Service (A service for the Year 6 children leaving for High School).
  • Policies and Schemes of Work for all curriculum areas are available from the school office.