RE is an important subject in itself, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religion and belief which form part of contemporary society.
Religious Education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It can develop children's’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, other religious traditions and worldviews that offer answers to questions such as these.
RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society.
RE can also make important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education), the humanities, education for sustainable development, thinking skills and others. It offers opportunities for deep personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally.
Assemblies or reflection time take place daily, different groupings and they are seen as important social and educational occasions, as well as acts of worship. The celebration of various festivals helps us focus on the moral and spiritual aspects of school life and to celebrate diversity, whilst recognising the beliefs we hold in common.
Parents/carers do have the right to withdraw children from religious education and assemblies. If you feel you may wish to do this, please discuss the matter with the Headteacher.
Assembly themes encourage children to consider their community and to emphasise the need for everyone to improve their contribution to it, including skills of collaboration, respect for others and respect for property. There are opportunities to reflect quietly and celebrate achievement and success. Visitors from the local community are welcome to participate.