All schools in England are expected to provide a curriculum that promotes the spiritual and moral development of pupils, so that they are prepared for all the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. As a Church of England school, preparing pupils to live ‘life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10) is part of our mission and therefore Religious Education is treated as a core academic subject. It is a subject we excel at.
“Religious education (RE) is a strength of the school, planning and outcomes are exemplary. It, along with collective worship fruitfully support and enhance the school’s vision and associated values.”
SIAMS Report, September 2018
At Holy Trinity we follow the curriculum provided by the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS), which promotes the understanding of Christianity as a diverse global living faith. It explores core beliefs using an approach that critically engages with the biblical text. This curriculum also allows us to recognise and value the multi-racial and multi-faith community, which we serve, as all the world’s major faiths are studied. We take full advantage of cosmopolitan London, by visiting a wide range of places of worship. Similarly, parents are invited to come into class and share their religious practices with pupils. These trips and visits bring learning to life and inspire pupils to explore their own spirituality.
Reaching our Potential
Our Religious Education curriculum is demanding and requires pupils to engage with challenging questions of meaning and purpose raised by human existence and experience. This enquiry led approach allows pupils to explore their own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways of living, believing and thinking in a safe environment. Pupils are given the chance to participate in a plethora of rich, engaging activities, which means that there is something to engage everyone. Pupils learn both about religions and from them. They are encouraged to link their academic knowledge to their personal experiences and draw on it for guidance and comfort, if they wish. This breeds a healthy sense of self and resilience.
Learning to Live Well Together
We aim for pupils to leave Holy Trinity religiously literate. Through regular units devoted to other major faiths children gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religious and worldviews appreciating diversity, continuity and change within each. Pupils have opportunities to learn from each other, about each other and grow in their understanding of how faith shapes behaviours and the development of our society.
Through our outstanding RE provision
“…pupils of all abilities and backgrounds value themselves, each other and their learning.”
SIAMS report, 2018