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  • We want our children to make excellent progress and to be rigorous in their learning.
  • We believe that RE can be enjoyable, exciting and engaging for all children.
  • We believe RE lessons should provoke challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God and other religious entities, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
  • All children will develop deepening knowledge and understanding about a range of religious and non-religious world views.
  • By the end of Helen’s, our students will have a wide variety of opportunities in RE including external visitors, workshops, presentations and trips to a variety of places of worships.
  • We want our children to understand the role St Helen’s church plays in both our school and village communities.


  • Discrete RE lessons takes place every week for an hour.
  • Children are regularly assessed in RE through independent pieces of work and verbal communication of understanding and skills. Children’s work is moderated throughout the school year.
  • We take guidance from the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus for RE and use Understanding Christianity and Emmanuel Resources to support the teaching of RE.
  • Children learn about a different worldwide faith each year, making comparisons with Christianity as appropriate, as well as other world views.
  • Children regularly attend St Helen’s church as well as different places of worship in line with the faith they are learning about that year.
  • P4C / Ultimate Questions are used throughout the teaching of RE to develop children’s understanding of the world in both religious and no-religious contexts.


We are proud of our recent Siam's report, where our teaching of R.E was graded as excellent. 

Here are few extracts from our Siam's report:

•"The Christian vision expressed by leaders nourishes the life of all so pupils and adults watch over one another with devoted love. Formal systems for leaders to capture the impact of the vision are, however, at an early stage of development.

• Religious education (RE) is excellent because pupils acquire a depth of knowledge that surpasses expectations for their age. The subject is exceptionally well led and taught and so contributes to wider personal and academic growth.

• Inspired by the vision, love is shown to others. All ages act with kindness and consideration towards their neighbours.

• A culture of deep reflection provides spiritual nourishment. However, the lack of a shared definition and understanding of spirituality limits spiritual development.

• Collective working binds this nurturing community together. Time for worship is highly valued and enriched by a fruitful partnership with the local church."

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