“St. Michael’s Church of England School, established upon Christian foundations, and living out the Christian faith, is committed to providing every child with an excellent education.”

We promote our Vision through the key words:

‘Create – Equip – Partner’

Our combined Mission and Vision Statement states that St. Michael’s School is committed to developing in its pupils an understanding of the Christian faith and that by using our Christian values, we will fulfil the following:

“St. Michael’s Church of England School, established upon Christian foundations, and living out the Christian faith, is committed to providing every child with an excellent education.”

  • create a secure and nurturing Christian environment which values and respects every individual and their beliefs;
  • equip children, through an innovative and broad curriculum, with confidence, life skills to reach their full God-given potential;
  • partner with home, church and the local community to help children make a positive contribution to God’s world.

All of this is achieved through our Motto: “Working Together for the Good of all”

As a Church school and part of the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education we promote that ‘Religious Education (RE) is not just an academic subject, but, lies at the very heart of the curriculum and has an important role in reflecting and conveying the distinctively Christian character of the school’ (SDBE website).

St. Michael’s is a Voluntary Aided Church of England school and so the Board of Governors is responsible for the syllabus for RE. and also ensures, by delegating the responsibility to the Headteacher, that RE is timetabled to take place each week for all pupils, in accordance with the Trust Deed of the school. Furthermore the school adheres to the Church of England Education Office ‘Statement of Entitlement’ .

Please click on the link to read the Statement of Entitlement and the school responses.

Please also read our Teaching and Learning Principles. In this document you will see that our first core intention is that RE teaching is theologically challenging and RE worship supports children in their spiritual development. RE, theological literacy, spirituality and collective worship are at the heart of all we do.

At St. Michael’s we follow the Board’s RE syllabus and schemes of work. Our RE curriculum ensures that teachers deliver a curriculum where RE is seen as an integral part of our curriculum and is taught with the same level of importance as the national curriculum core subjects and reflects the two attainment targets –  Learning About Religion (AT1) and Learning From Religion (AT2). By following these targets we ensure as a school that we develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that pupils at different stages of their learning at our school are expected to have.

Through high quality teaching and delivery of RE, the pupils of St. Michael’s CE School feel inspired  and recognise that they have the opportunities to explore their own and others religious, spiritual and philosophical beliefs and cultural traditions in a positive and constructive way showing respect  for all faiths.

The Senior Leadership Team and RE Faculty have an overview of the teaching of RE across the school.  The school RE policy and Curriculum Offer is reviewed annually to ensure that the school is compliant.

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Policies and Statements Relating to Teaching & Learning of RE & Collective Worship

St. Michael’s has policies and procedures in place for the teaching and delivery of RE and Worship at our school. As a Church of England School RE and the values that it encompasses is at the forefront of all that we do as stated in our School Mission and Vision.  We have clear roles and responsibilities in place along with clear policies and procedures.

Please click on the link below to view our principles, policy and procedures in more detail for RE and Worship.

Pupil Voice: Why is it important to have RE lessons and what do we gain from it?

The most important aspects of RE is learning about God, exploring different topics to do with their lives and studying other religions.”

Studying other religions helps us respect and understand other people and was an aspect of RE that we particularly enjoy. The different topics we cover help us to reflect on our own lives and prepare us for the future.”

 

RE Displays Around Our School

At St. Michael’s we firmly believe that a colourful and stimulating environment is important.  The RE displays are a reflection of the high quality of work that each class and year group cover and a celebration of what they have learnt.

 

Aims of Religious Education

At St. Michael’s Religious Education is a distinct area of the curriculum at our school and so we aim through our Religious Education, linked with our School Mission and Vision and the underlying Gospel values, to enable pupils:

  • To acquire and develop a knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith and other world faiths;
  • To develop the ability to make reasoned and informed responses to religious and moral issues with reference to the teachings of Christianity;
  • To develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals and the wider community and to reflect upon their beliefs, values and experiences;
  • To develop a positive attitude towards all people, through laying foundations of knowledge about world faiths;
  • To develop a greater awareness of the cross-curricular links with as many of the Articles as possible during the child’s time at school (as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Unicef)

These aims are achieved through daily acts of Collective Worship, classroom debate and discussion and developing cross-curricular link and the teaching of the agreed scheme for Religious Education.

 

Legal Requirements

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, RE is taught under the area of ‘knowledge and understanding of the world’. At Key Stage 1 one hour per week is allocated to RE and at Key Stage 2, 1.25 hours per week and this also includes the opportunity to share views and faith.

As a Church of England voluntary aided school and in accordance with the legal requirements, parents do have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons.  We are pleased to record that the children at our school play an integral part in the development of RE and Worship and to date, no child has been withdrawn from this aspect of the school life and that parents encourage the children to embrace this very important strand of our school.