Religious Education is a core subject in our Catholic school; it is central to all that we do. The beliefs and values it communicates inspire and unify every aspect of school life. It influences the content of, and substantially shapes the school curriculum. Religious Education presents pupils with the same academic demands and challenges as any other curriculum area. The immediate aim of Religious Education is to promote knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith, its relevance to the ultimate questions of life and the skills required to engage in religious thinking.

All teaching is based on the Curriculum Directory for Religious Education and we follow the ‘Come and See’ programme. The aim of the Come and See programme is to explore the religious dimension of questions about life, dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition. Links are made with the teaching of the Church, pupils’ own experiences and universal experience. The children will explore the beliefs, values and way of life of the Catholic tradition and, where appropriate other faith traditions.

A proportion of our school community is from other faiths. Families are expected to be supportive of the Catholic nature of our school life in our community. We celebrate the diversity of our faiths, traditions and cultures. We have a wide range of books, artefacts and images which are used throughout the school in our study of other faiths and in our celebrations e.g. ‘One World Week’. Our children from other faiths take part in assemblies which reflect the traditions of their own faiths. We believe that different cultural and faith backgrounds within the school provide a rich source of learning at many levels and the promotion of attitudes such as tolerance and respect for others is very important to us.

For further information please check our Religious Education Policy.

            St John the Baptist Church          Bishop Richard


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