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RE (Religious Education)

In RE we aim to give children an understanding of Christianity and the major world faiths. As the children progress through the school they will encounter different religions and worldviews. In Key Stage One, children will encounter Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In Key Stage Two, children will revisit these religions, but also encounter Hinduism and non-religious views, such as Humanism. Our curriculum follows the 'Awareness, Mystery, Value' syllabus which has been agreed for Bristol.



Religious Education (RE) is a statutory part of the curriculum for maintained schools. RE must be provided for all registered pupils at the school, including those in sixth form, except for those withdrawn from the subject.

This is explained in section 80 of the Education Act 2002 and non-statutory guidance produced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), a predecessor of the DfE.



The Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC) published a non-statutory curriculum framework for England in 2013. It explains that its key audience is people with responsibilities for creating RE syllabuses in England, including local authorities, academies and free schools.

On pages 11-12, the document says that the RE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Know about and understand a range of religions and world views
  • Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and world views

Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and world views




RE across the School:  


Foundation and

Key Stage 1

Christianity plus at least ONE other religion, from:

Hinduism, Islam, Hinduism or Judaism.

Key Stage 2

Christianity plus at least THREE other religions / beliefs:

Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Humanism.

Religious education (RE) should make a major contribution to the education of children and young people. At its best, it is intellectually challenging and personally enriching. It helps young people develop beliefs and values, and promotes the virtues of respect and empathy, which are important in our diverse society. It fosters civilised debate and reasoned argument and helps pupils to understand the place of religion and belief in the modern world. Ofsted 2013




Parental right to withdraw children from RE

As Ashton Gate is a maintained school, a parent can request that their child is wholly or partly excused from:

  • Receiving RE given in the school in accordance with the school’s basic curriculum
  • Attendance at religious worship in the school Ashton Gate will always grant such requests.


The right of parents to withdraw their children from religious education (RE) lessons is set out in section 71(1) of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, in paragraph 1. Please contact Mr Jones or Miss Stewart if you wish to discuss withdrawal from RE. 


Year 2 Trip to the Synagogue