Religious Education (R.E.)
Our school is non-denominational. The R.E. curriculum is taught in accordance with guidelines laid down by Durham Agreed Syllabus 2012. Christianity is taught and compared to other religions, mainly Hinduism and Sikhism. It is taught using a variety of resources and methods to engage pupils. Visits and visitors are used to enrich the curriculum e.g. to the local church, to a Gurdhwara, Barnabas R.E. Drama workshops, Kurtiga workshops.
Daily collective worship reflects the broad traditions of Christian belief and we aim to ensure our pupils gain respect, awareness and understanding of other world religions. We also, through collective worship, aim to develop a community spirit and promote a common ethos and shared values within our school; including British values, rights respecting work, anti-racism, anti-bullying and equality. Current affairs, both national and international, are also explored in assemblies through Newsround. Regular visitors lead world of work assemblies, community care assemblies and staying safe assemblies.
Celebration assemblies are held weekly, on Friday, to celebrate personal academic achievements (house point awards), behaviour achievements (termly bronze, silver and gold certificates), pupil of the week, attendance award and house team winners.
All parents have a right to withdraw their child from daily assembly and/or R.E. lessons on religious grounds. Any parents wishing to do so will have their wishes respected but are asked to discuss their wishes with the headteacher first.