As a church school, religious education has a significant role to play. There is a balance between Christianity and other faiths, and visits are made to the local church, cathedral and other religious buildings including those of other faiths. We follow County guidelines with regard to religious education.
Parents may withdraw their children from Religious Education in school. Such requests should be put in writing.
Essential Agreed Syllabus Requirements for Religious Education:
• All pupils on the school roll are entitled to receive Religious Education. This includes pupils in the second year of the Foundation Stage up to and including 16-19 year-old pupils in Sixth Forms.
• This syllabus is the legal basis for Religious Education in Cambridgeshire Schools for all Community Schools, Foundation Schools (apart from those with a religious foundation where parents request RE to be ‘denominational’ or taught in accordance with the Trust Deed of the school), Voluntary- Controlled Schools (apart from those with a religious foundation where parents request RE to be ‘denominational’ or taught in accordance with the Trust Deed of the school) and Special Schools.
• The Agreed Syllabus specifies the statutory core units (CU) of study for each key stage and the minimum number of school-designed units. There are support and guidance materials to help construct Schemes of Work. Schools can devise their own school-designed units (SDUs) to add breadth and depth of study or use the additional Programmes of Study recommended in the Syllabus.
• The core and additional units of work are based upon the ‘Community of Enquiry’ approach to teaching and learning. A key question is explored through a number of smaller questions over a series of lessons.
• At Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, 50% of the syllabus will be core units and 50% will be school-designed units.
• It is a legal requirement for pupils to have opportunities to learn about the principal religions in the UK. In Cambridgeshire, the requirements for religions and beliefs to be studied are:
– EYFS Christianity and other religions or belief systems represented in the school and local area
– KS1 Christianity + Sikhism (four core units on Christianity and two on Sikhism plus six school-designed units)
– Lower Key Stage 2 Christianity + Judaism and Islam (four core units on Christianity and one on Judaism, one on Islam plus six school-designed units)
– Upper Key Stage 2 Christianity + Hinduism and Buddhism (four core units on Christianity, one on Hinduism and one on Buddhism plus six school-designed units)