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Religious Education


As a Church of England School we consider Religious Education to be a ‘core’ subject, which lies at the very heart of the curriculum and has an important role in reflecting and conveying the distinctively Christian character of the school.

At St Mary’s our Religious Education aims to enable pupils to:
  • develop knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith
  • understand and experience the breadth and variety of the Christian community, including its particular expression in the Church of England
  • apply an understanding of Christianity to make reasoned choices and informed responses to life issues and moral choices
  • develop knowledge and understanding of Islam and Judaism and the ability to engage in dialogue with other faiths
  • apply an understanding of religion to develop sensitivity and respect toward all people
  • develop the ability to reflect on, respond to and communicate issues of truth, belief and faith.
In line with Church of England guidance, 5% of curriculum time is dedicated to RE (over and above time spent on Collective Worship) and within that 5%, between two-thirds and three-quarters is devoted to the teaching of Christianity. Our scheme of work covers the two attainment targets: Learning about Religion and Learning from Religion.

Report of survey of parental views on RE education at St. Mary’s

June 2014


Overview of method and purpose of survey:

An online survey was undertaken of parents/carers in May/June 2014 asking their views about RE teaching at St. Mary’s. 78 responses were obtained (this represents approximately 25% of families at St. Mary’s). Respondents were fairly evenly spread across year groups, though a slightly lower proportion of respondents were from nursery, reception and Year 6.

Key findings:

  • The quality of RE teaching is great, and children enjoy their RE lessons. Over 80% of respondents thought the quality of teaching was either outstanding or good, over 82% of respondents either strongly agreed or agreed that their child is making good progress in RE, and almost 75% of respondents stated that their children enjoy their RE lessons ‘a great deal’ or ‘quite or lot’.

  • We need to tell you more about the work your child does in RE. Half of the respondents felt that the information that they receive about their child’s work in RE was outstanding or good. But a third felt it was only satisfactory, and almost 1 in 10 respondents felt it was inadequate.

  • You support the aims of our RE policy. The overwhelming majority of respondents (over 80%) felt that each of the six key purposes of our RE teaching were either ‘very important’ or ‘important’.