Vision and Principles

Religious Education is at the heart of our school ethos and helps to form the backbone of the body of our school life. In our Voluntary Aided School, the management of Religious Education is a distinctive role of the governors and headteacher. RE is provided in accordance with the school’s Trust Deed and in accordance with the rites, practices, and doctrines of the Church of England. The Governing Body is responsible for determining the nature of Religious Education provided in our school.


Aims of RE 

Heyhouses are always striving for excellence in our delivery of RE and we seek to reflect the school’s distinctive Christian character throughout our distinct teaching and worship. 


We aim: 

• To know about and understand Christianity as a diverse global living faith through the exploration of core beliefs using an approach that critically engages with biblical text

• To gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews appreciating diversity, continuity and change within the religions and worldviews being studied. 

• To engage with challenging questions of meaning and purpose raised by human existence and experience.

• To recognise the concept of religion and its continuing influence on Britain’s cultural heritage and in the lives of individuals and societies in different times, cultures and places. 

• For pupils to explore their own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways living, believing and thinking. 


Appropriate to age at the end of their education in Church schools, the expectation is that all pupils are religiously literate and, as a minimum, pupils can: 

• Give a theologically informed and thoughtful account of Christianity as a living and diverse faith. 

• Show an informed and respectful attitude to religions and world views in their search for God and meaning. 

• Engage in meaningful and informed dialogue with those of all faiths and none. 

• Reflect critically and responsibly on their own spiritual, philosophical and ethical convictions.


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