Religious Education at The Minster

"There is a strong Christian ethos in the school"

"My child feels part of the wider Christian family and the school family"

"It is very important to us that our children attend a Christian school and that Christian values at school mirror those at home"

We have a daily act of collective worship first thing in the school hall which is Christian based. Outside speakers, including clergy from The Minster, Croydon, are invited to lead collective worship. Parents and friends join us for our Carol Service, Harvest Festival, Easter Service and Leavers’ Service in the Croydon Minster and Monthly Celebration Assemblies on Friday and Class Assemblies on Thursday if they wish to.

All staff are involved in the teaching of Religious Education. We follow the Southwark Diocesan Board Of Education Agreed Syllabus for R.E. Some of the main world religions are also taught and when possible visits to places of worship are made. The major Christian festivals are studied each year. While the emphasis is on the Christian faith, care is taken to ensure that children are familiar with the traditions, customs and moral code of other faiths.


Withdrawal of Pupils

Although Religious Education must be given in all maintained schools, any parent has the right to withdraw his/her child wholly or partly from such religious education or to withdraw his/her child from school in order to receive instruction elsewhere of a denominational character not provided in the school.

If a pupil is withdrawn from school by his/her parent in order to receive religious education of a kind which is not provided in the school, the Authority must be satisfied that the pupil cannot reasonably attend a school at which the desired religious education is given and that arrangements have, in fact, been made for the pupil to receive the desired religious education elsewhere. The withdrawal of a pupil may only be made at the beginning or end of a school session, and only for such periods as are reasonably necessary.

The right of withdrawal applies to county, voluntary controlled, voluntary aided, and special agreement schools. Requests must be granted and assumed to remain in force until withdrawal by the parents. It is desirable but not essential that such a request must be in writing. 

Click here to see the skills progression framework for RE.

To view our Long Term Plan for RE at The Minster, please click here.

To download a copy of our RE Parents/Carers' questionnaire, please click here.


Some Spiritual Quotes from the Children

"Luxury does not bring you happiness..." Harmony, Year 6 on the teachings of Buddhism

"Hope makes us happy and makes us wish better for the future..." Leigh-Ann, Year 6, on the journey of life.

"The outside of us is like a shell, but the inside of us is Jesus. We spend too much time watching TV when we should be finding God..." Deja, 5 Avocets, on the subject of delivering an important message.

"If we all love each other, we will be full of joy forever. We could make the world a better place. If we make a difference, the world might not be called Earth. It could be called 'Joyful Planet'. We could learn, talk, respect and never give up..." Simone, Year 5 Avocets, on the subject of the Christian fruits of the Holy Spirit.

"Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely."  Aize, 5 Avocets

"Without light there will be darkness. We are a shell. Within that shell are two spirirts. God and you."