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Religious Education

We follow an RE curriculum determined by the local Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE), which is responsible for producing the locally agreed syllabus for RE.

By law this must ‘reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain’. It is taught in block units for greater depth of learning. We aim to help the children to develop a responsible attitude towards other people, to foster their sense of wonder at, and reverence for, life. We also aim for the children to have a good understanding of Christianity and other religions and cultures.

Nicholas Hawksmoor is a non-denominational school. ‘Collective Worship’ is conducted as an opportunity for collective reflection and is of a broadly Christian character, since it reflects the broad traditions of Christian belief, without being distinctive of any particular Christian denomination. We have regular visits from our local church, with assemblies delivered on a variety of Christian themes. Moral themes (such as honesty, empathy, tolerance, justice, community, selflessness, leadership, etc.) form the basis of our ‘Collective Worship’ which are common among other religious beliefs. At Nicholas Hawksmoor we place a great emphasis on learning about and learning from religions. Our RE teaching is inclusive, encouraging all children to ask questions and explore the beliefs and traditions of others.

Parents do have the right to withdraw their child(ren) from these lessons.