Religious Education is at the heart of our school. We follow a religious education programme which aims to strengthen our Catholic faith and helps us to embed into our daily lives our school mission statement, ‘the love of Christ urges us to care for each other and strive for excellence in everything we do.’
The primary purpose of Catholic Education is the step by step study of the mystery of Christ, the teaching of the Church and its application in daily life, therefore the principle aims of the school in terms of the Religious Education which it provides are:
- to lead the children to a deepening knowledge and understanding of our Catholic Faith.
- to provide opportunities for the children to develop a loving relationship with God and their neighbours.
- to encourage children to respect and be fully aware of the needs of others as equal members of God’s creation.
There are many opportunities for all children to explore their faith and deepen their relationship with Christ including daily acts of worship, weekly assemblies, regular liturgies and celebration of Mass.
Our 2014 Diocesan Inspection Report stated: ‘The school is outstanding in its effectiveness in developing pupils’ experience of the richness of a Catholic way of living and believing.’
As part of our Religious Education programme the children are taught about other faiths, in particular Judaism and Islam. This is done through a thematic approach, for example, festivals, worship, symbols and prayer.
The teaching about other religions is important because:
- Learning about other religions and cultures is one of the ways in which we fulfil our call to love our neighbour. As the Church says, “The love for all men and women is necessarily also a love for their culture. Catholic schools are, by their very vocation, intercultural.” (Congregation for Catholic Education p61).
- The Church states that schools “try to understand better the religion of one’s neighbours, and to experience something of their religious life and culture.” (Catholic Bishops’ Conference p3).
- The Church suggests that schools “find ways in which pupils can learn to engage in dialogue and to develop an attitude of respect for religious diversity. This will necessitate the inclusion of a broader study of both Christianity and of other world faiths in the Religious Education syllabus.” (Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales, 1997).
- It prepares our children for life in modern Britain, giving them an understanding of the beliefs of others.
As a Catholic School, the worship of God is central to School life and all the pupils participate fully in the religious education and worship in the school. Parents and guardians have a legal right of withdrawal provided under Section 25 of the Education Act 1944, however parents and guardians opting for their children to attend our school are expected to assent to their children’s full participation in the Catholic activities (implicit or explicit) when they apply for admission to the school.
All children share in a daily worship, in class groups, key stage groups and sometimes with the whole school. Whole school Masses take place on major feast days and children may walk down to our local parish for Mass on other mornings. Whole school weekly assemblies are for specific classes or groups to lead the worship and show us what the children have learned both in and out of school.
We welcome the involvement and participation of all parents and carers in the life of our school. This helps the children; it helps you understand the school and it helps support the development of a full and rounded educational experience for your child.
We have an open door policy towards parents. If you have a query, please ask to see the person best placed to help you with your enquiry. We welcome the assistance of parents in school and on educational visits and during voluntary fund raising activities.