Religious Education (RE)
As a Church of England School, this is a core subject. We follow the Southwark Diocese Board of Education Units of Work. These include 2/3 of units focused on Christianity and 1/3 on other major World Religions.
We aim to help children to understand what it means to be committed to a religion and in particular what it means to be a Christian. We expect them to be able to discuss issues of faith and to show respect for the beliefs of others. Collective worship is a high priority. It is the means by which we offer the life of the school and individuals to God, as well as explore the meaning of faith in ways which children can grasp.
In November 2018 the school received the Gold Religious Education Quality Mark and in June 2019 Religious Education at St Mary’s was rated as Excellent as part of our SIAMS inspection.
St Mary's Church
Our worship reflects the faith and practice of the Church of England and we foster strong links with St Mary’s Church.
The vicar is a regular visitor to the school and we also welcome visiting speakers from other local churches and Christian organisations. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons and Collective Worship.
‘Pupils value the close links with the parish church and the Christian character of the school. Acts of collective worship support pupils’ times for reflection, their moral development and sense of community very well.’ Ofsted, June 2013.