Learning about religion and belief is an indispensable part of a complete education because of the influence of religions and beliefs on individuals, culture, behaviour and national life. Religions and beliefs offer answers to life’s deepest questions and most young people are seeking answers to those questions, as they grow into independence and work out how to live a good life. RE provides opportunities for children and young people to reflect and analyse, to discuss and debate, to explore and discover, and to learn more about the world in which they live. What could be more exciting than being part of this?
The Church of England's purpose in its schools is providing a distinctive and effective education that reflects God's love for humanity. Church of England schools do not try to convert, but rather they give children from many walks of life the opportunity to learn within a Christian environment.
As a Church of England school we seek to provide young people with knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith. We aspire to nurture the spiritual dimension in our children and embed challenging Christian values at the heart of school life. This is reflected in the behaviour, attitude and performance of learners and staff alike. Adults at St. Paul's exemplify a willingness to "go the extra mile" on behalf of others.
The teaching of Religious Education in Church of England schools is based on two key principles:
Standards of teaching, learning and achievement in RE in Church of England schools is expected to be at the highest level and this is what we aim for at St. Paul's. Appropriate teaching about other faiths and world views is given in all church schools.
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