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Religious Education (RE)

Intent: To understand, appreciate and respect the religious beliefs of others.


The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living (Principal Aim – Devon & Torbay Agreed Syllabus for RE 2019-2024).


Although we aren’t a church school, we do have very strong links with our neighbouring church. We are fortunate to use the church on an almost weekly basis and participate in Reverend or Open the Book services regularly throughout the year.


We teach RE for 36 hours (KS1) and 45hours (KS2) per year. Learning is taught weekly. We use the Devon and Torbay Agreed Syllabus to support and structure our learning of both Christian and Non-Christian religions. This programme is set on three aims: Making Sense of Beliefs; Understanding the impact and Making Connections. Key questions form the focus of each component of learning.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and should contact the Head of School to ask for this. Parents will be invited to a meeting to discuss withdrawal and to explore how their concern may be met. Parents are not obliged to attend such a meeting in which case withdrawal shall be put into effect immediately and the school will notify the parent.