Religious education is a legal entitlement for every pupil. Its place in the curriculum is an acknowledgement of the fact that religious beliefs and practices play an important part in the lives of many people worldwide, and have done so throughout history. An understanding of religion can help children develop a better appreciation of themselves, the people around them and the world in which they live.
The education acts require that the religious education should be provided according to the “Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Kent.” This document is available in school.
Christianity and other world faiths are taught to the children in a way that is relevant to their age and stage.
We link closely with Revd Arthur Houston at the Park Wood Church and seek to develop links to enable all the children to visit, play and perform there.
Parents have the right to withdraw children from religious lessons and daily worship in assemblies, but these activities make a contribution to cross-curricular objectives pursued during the course of the school week. Please use the ‘our curriculum plans’ to see the focus for teaching each term.
It is our policy to provide a caring environment reflecting in which the whole community of the school can grow into well-rounded people, who will fully develop spiritually, emotionally, physically, creatively and intellectually. We celebrate the rich variety of faith and non-faith backgrounds that make up our school community, and we endeavour to be totally inclusive and enable everyone to grow together happily.
"The pupil premium funding and sports premium funding are used to good effect." Ofsted 2017
"Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are supported well and make good progress." Ofsted 2017
"Safeguarding is effective. Systems to keep pupils safe are robust" Ofsted 2017
"The curriculum provides good opportunities for pupils to learn across a range of subjects. British values are promoted effectively." Ofsted 2017
"Good teaching in Year 5 and Year 6 ensures that most pupils catch up and make expected progress in a range of subjects by the end of key stage 2." Ofsted 2017
"Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are good. Pupils behave well and have good manners. They demonstrate a strong understanding of tolerance and respect." Ofsted 2017
"Leaders, governors and the trust have a strong understanding of the school’s effectiveness. Their recent actions are ensuring that the school is improving quickly." Ofsted 2017
“Pupils speak highly about the quality of education they receive. They are very loyal to the Academy, each other and the staff. They appreciate the support they receive to do their best. Pupils’ conduct around the Academy and in class is excellent.”
“Teachers provide highly detailed and effective feedback on a regular basis so that pupils know what they need to do to improve. Pupils regularly respond to marking to ensure they improve upon their understanding. Pupils are now given more opportunities to complete their work fluently and at greater length. Good progress is strongly evident across the books surveyed.”
“Books are well presented and demonstrate that pupils take pride in their work. They contain a varied number of tasks and activities for pupils.”
“Systems to keep pupils safe are rigorous. They feel safer because behaviour has improved and there are good opportunities to learn how to keep themselves safe in different situations.”
“As a result of the senior leaders’ determination and attention to detail, the quality of education has improved, aspirations have been raised and staff morale is high.”