Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy


Values & Ethos Lunchtime Clubs Worship Prayers Our Year Ahead Clergy Chaplains & Chaplaincy Team

Values & Ethos

As a Church of England Academy, our Christian Ethos and Values serve as foundational gifts on which to build our lives and education. Bishop Rawstorne has been described as “an exceptionally caring…a place where students are confident, keen to learn and take on challenges. A school with excellent spiritual and moral development…based upon the teachings of Christ.”(SIAS Report 2007).

Bishop Rawstorne holds worship at the core of our everyday life.  Our Christian Distinctiveness is directed by our Collective Worship but it runs much deeper than that. We care about human flourishing.  Whilst we recognise the diverse backgrounds each member of the Bishop Rawstorne community has, we strive to cultivate an atmosphere in which everyone can experience life in all its fullness.

Each week we investigate new themes and values in a relevant and relatable way through Collective Worship and tutor groups. This allows time for both staff and students to reflect and think. We welcome the various clergy from our local area as well as further afield to share their wisdom and gifts with us. 

The Roots

In our school we promote the presence of authentic Christian values as a narrative for being/behaving that stem from and express the teachings of Christ. For this reason, we know it is essential to equip our students with Christian values that serve as deep roots in their lives. These values take pupils beyond just caring and sharing. The character that we endeavour to nurture is the root, the support system for the entirety of life.

Each of these roots symbolise our core values: Peace, Justice, Trust, Radical Relationships (Koinonia), Love, Patience, Service, Honesty, Hope, Courage, Thankfulness, Forgiveness, Wisdom, Respect and Compassion.

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 Lunchtime Clubs

Various clubs and groups will be running throughout the year these include Christian Unions, Big Questions groups, drop-in youth clubs and general pastoral drop-in times. More information can be found in school.


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Tutor Group Worship

This takes place in tutor groups led by tutors and students on a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon registration. The materials used in these times are planned by the Worship Team and seek to give students, and staff, an opportunity to stop, have a moment of silence, pray, and to worship God. These times are planned not to ram Christianity down students' throats but to give them the chance to hear about and explore the Christian faith for themselves, at their own pace.


Year Group Worship

These are times that traditionally we called Assemblies. They still contain notices and give the Heads of Year the opportunity to speak to year groups. But the key feature of these times is worship. They begin with a candle being lit, and then a Clergy Chaplain, a member of staff, a tutor group or a visitor delivers a time of thought, reflection, and prayer to engage students in exploring the theme for that week.


Worship Services

These take place several times during the year. They are times to celebrate Key School events and Christian Festivals. These are Christian in nature and content, and aim to meet each student where they are on their walk of faith. Celebrating together is a foundation feature of our school and brings us together as a community to worship God

Year Group Worship Rota - Autumn 2017

WB Monday (Yr7) Tuesday (Yr8) Wednesday (Y9) Thursday (Yr11) Friday (Yr10) Theme
4-Sep Year 7 & 11
Year 8, 9 & 10
      New Beginnings
11-Sep Mr Cowley Mr Cowley Mr Cowley Mr Cowley Mr Cowley Christian Values
18-Sep Mr Ascroft Mr Ascroft Mr Ascroft Founders’ Day Mr Ascroft Fellowship
25-Sep Mrs Lane Mrs Lane Open Evening Inset Mrs Lane Mrs Lane Reading
2-Oct Mrs Loveday Mrs Loveday Mrs Loveday Colleges Afternoon Mrs Loveday Charity
9-Oct Janet Taylor Mr Rawlinson Michael Woods Andrew Brown Marc Wolverson Words
16-Oct Mr Duckworth Mr Duckworth Harvest Festival
Mr Duckworth Mr Duckworth Harvest
23-Oct Mrs Winter Mrs Winter Mrs Winter Mrs Winter Mrs Winter Light
30-Oct Half Term
6-Nov 7M 8M Year 7 Spirituality Day 9M
(Year 9 Assembly)
Whole School
Remembrance Worship
13-Nov Mr Almond Mr Almond Mr Almond Mr Almond Mr Almond Time
20-Nov Mock Exams Mock Exams Mock Exams Mock Exams Mock Exams Saint Hilda 19th November
27-Nov Inset Day Mock Exams Mock Exams Mock Exams Mock Exams Love
4-Dec Mr Rawlinson Mr Rawlinson 9B Mr Rawlinson Mr Rawlinson Advent
11-Dec 7B 8B Year 11 Mocks
Results Day
Y10-Senior Prefects     Hope
18-Dec     Christmas Services   Term Ends Christmas








The Academy Prayer

Heavenly Father, in Your love

You have called us to know You;

Led us to trust You;

And bound our lives with Yours.

Surround us with Your love

And Protect us from evil

That we may bravely and faithfully follow You,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Click here to download the 2017-2018 Daily Prayers


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Our Year Ahead

September 2017

Founder's Day Services with Bishop Philip North on September 21st 2017. A day to celebrate and remember our foundation and the Christian values that underpin our community.

October 2017

Harvest Festival-In the week beginning October 16th we will mark Harvest Festival with a series of assemblies and an opportunity for you to give generously for others.

November 2017

Year 7 Welcome Service-When St. Michael's re-opens after repairs, we welcome parents to join our new Year 7 at a service of welcome. Date to be confirmed.

November 2017

Operation Christmas Child Appeal-Send in your shoeboxes and gifts and make a real difference to children less fortunate than yourselves.

November 2017

Remembrance Day Services-In the week beginning November 6th we will mark Remembrance Day as a whole school and members of the school cohort will represent the school at a range of events on Remembrance Day itself to remember those who have fallen.

December 2017

Christmas Charity Week-As usual in Christmas week we will be supporting a couple of local charities, Emmaus and The Brick. Please give generously!

December 2017

Christmas Carol Concert-Rounding of the term and celebrating Advent for an evening of music and reflection on Wednesday 20th December at St. Michael’s Church in Croston.

January 2018

Epiphany Services-On Friday 5th January, we will mark Epiphany in school, commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles.

February 2018

Ash Wednesday Services-On Wednesday 21st February 2018, we will mark Ash Wednesday with an “ashing” service for all of our students.

March 2018

Easter-Focussed Services-On Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd March 2018, all of the school will take part in our Easter services at St. Michael’s.

May 2018

Year 11 Leavers' Service-Just as they started their time at Bishop Rawstorne in church, they will mark their impending departure with a service in St.Michael’s. A wonderful occasion for our students and their parents.

July 2018

End of Year Celebration-What better way to mark the end of another academic year than an end-of-year service for Years 7 to 10. A time for thanks, to reflect and to pray for what has been and what is to come.


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The Clergy Chaplains:

Reverend Janet Taylor
Janet is a self-supporting member of Clergy serving the communities in Croston, Mawdesley and Bretherton. Janet is Clergy Chaplain to Years 7.


Reverend Michael Woods
Michael is the Rector serving the communities in Croston, Mawdesley and Bretherton. Michael is Clergy Chaplain to Years 9.


Father Marc Wolverson       
Marc is the Vicar at St. James in Leyland. Marc is the Clergy Chaplain for Year 10.


Father Andrew Brown
Andrew is the Priest-in-charge at St. Mary the Virgin in Eccleston, and Christ Church in Charnock Richard. Andrew is the Clergy Chaplain for Year 11.


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The Chaplaincy Team

This is a group of people including the Youth Worker Chaplain, the Clergy Chaplains, Diocesan Board of Education Advisers, members of SLT and the governing body. They work to plan and deliver worship in the school. They also work to better to support students in their exploration of the Christian Faith.

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