The Diocese

St James BirdhamBirdham CE Primary School is a controlled primary school and as such has foundation members of the governing body who are chosen by the Chichester diocese.  As a Church of England school we work closely with St James, our local parish, and hold services there every term.  Our Rector, father Jonathan and Frank Yorkston, a local schools worker regularly lead collective worship in our school.


In 1998 our year 5/6 children designed their own stained glass window based on the imagery of the East Window in the church and which now hangs proudly in our school entrance hall.  It was dedicated by the Right Reverend Eric Kemp, former Bishop of Chichester. 



Children in Blue class contributed to a very special art competition as part of the Chichester Diocese year of prayer. The children learned about, copied and created illuminated letters to be used as part of a prayer, and each was then mounted to form the first part of the prayer ‘Thanks be to thee my Lord Jesus Christ’. The children were then lucky enough to be invited to take part in a calligraphy workshop run by Mrs Keen, Mrs Casali and their team. Here, each child learned from experts how to use the tools required in calligraphy. Each child then wrote part of the calligraphy words forming the second part of the prayer.

Finally, they hand finished miniature copies of their illuminated letter design using embossing powders and machines.

The completion judges were so impressed that they created a special award for our entry so that the effort involved could be recognised. We are delighted to have been awarded this prize in recognition of our children’s achievement and our huge thanks go to Mrs Coren and those parents for making it all happen.



Collective Worship Policy


Religious Education (RE) Policy

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