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Religious Education

For more information about Religious Education within our school, please see our RE Policy and the new West Sussex Agreed Syllabus (below) and our pages detailing the variety of enrichment opportunities we provide.

             Assemblies, Religious Education and Sex Education

Most of our curriculum is statutory.  We have a duty to teach it – and your child has to participate in it.  There are some exceptions where a parent has the right to withdraw his or her child.  This is exceptionally rare at our school and we hope that parents will choose not to withdraw their child from any of the following areas:

  1. The school provides the teaching of Religious Education (RE) to all children.  Two thirds of the teaching is Christian with a third of the curriculum time given to other religions and beliefs, which is in keeping with the ethos of the school.  Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE classes. 
  2. We have Collective Worship (assembly) every day and this lies at the heart of life in the school.  This can be either whole schole, key stage or class worship.  The Headteacher and Assistant Headteachers lead most assemblies.  Other members of staff, children, clergy from churches in the area and visitors such as charity workers also lead collective worship.  New reception children are introduced gradually to whole school assemblies, when they are sufficiently confident to attend.  Parents have a right to withdraw their children from collective worship.

The Governing Body has the responsibility to agree the Sex and Relationships Education in the school.  The school will inform parents in advance of the contents and organisation of this programme.  Parents can withdraw their children from this but not from parts covered by the National Curriculum for Science.  At the moment only children in years 5 and 6 are taught Sex and Relationships Education that is additional to the National Curriculum.

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