Religious education (RE) is not part of the National Curriculum but must be taught in schools by law. We are a Church of England Voluntary Aided School and hold a strong commitment to teaching the principles of Christianity.
RE is provided in accordance with the Local Authority Agreed Syllabus and this is supplemented by the Understanding Christianity scheme of work. It is enquiry-based and provides opportunities for all pupils, regardless of the personal background and beliefs, to explore questions, experiences and concepts related to identity and what it means to be human, whilst at the same time developing a good knowledge and understanding of the principal faiths in Britain. The syllabus promotes an inclusive and educational approach to RE, which is of increasing importance to help people understand modern society and critical issues in the world, as well as promoting understanding and respect. It enables teachers to develop key skills, attitudes and dispositions in their pupils, such as critical thinking, empathy and conceptual creativity, which will equip them better to be able to grapple with the questions that life throws at us.
A daily collective worship is held either as a school or in Key Stages. It is an important part of our school day. Open the Book volunteers lead worship once a week. Tuesday assemblies are special because we celebrate children’s achievement both in and outside school. Each term children across the school visit our Church to take part in a celebratory service.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE lessons and collective worship and should talk to the Headteacher if this is their intention.