Religious Education is a compulsory subject for all state-funded schools but not part of the National Curriculum. There are however national guidelines and there should by law be a Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) in each Local Education Authority which consults and draws up a syllabus for schools in that area to follow.
Thurrock Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) is a committee that meets 3 times a year at the Civic Offices, New Road, Grays.
SACRE's main function is to advise us on religious education (RE) and collective worship. Every council responsible for children's services must have a SACRE committee.
Representation on SACRE is according to current religious proportionality in Thurrock.
Parents may request for their children to be withdrawn from RE lessons and assemblies by writing to the Principal. Our RE coordinator is Miss Warren.
As we are not a faith school we do not set out to teach children to believe in any particular religions but by the time children leave Year 6, they will have had the chance to explore different beliefs and cultures in order to empathise and understand practices of different people from different religious backgrounds. We encourage children to be tolerant and respectful of all religions including those who have no religion and give children the opportunity to challenge difficult questions without judgement.