St Clare’s is built on the foundations of the Catholic faith and its beliefs. It is the shared responsibility of the staff and governors to convey these Christian values to the children in our care. Staff pray and work together in order to provide the very best Religious Education possible for the pupils, modelling how to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Learning in R.E. is at the core of the curriculum and we ensure that the Bishop’s directive is followed in allocating 10% of curriculum time to R.E. lessons. The Governing Body, led by the Chair and the Governor responsible for RE, provide outstanding support and commitment to the central place of RE in the school.
Father Gabriel Offor from St Wilfrid’s frequently visits the school to lead collective worship and also to share his knowledge of Catholicism with the children. The school actively supports Parish activities whenever possible.
The relationship between school, home, parish and the wider world is an important one. We support this bond through initiatives such as the Travelling Nativity, discussion homework, charity fundraising, such as for Cafod, food collections, such as at Harvest time and inviting parents and members of the local community to attend Masses and liturgies at school, as well as other events.
We teach our pupils to have the utmost respect for others, including those of other faiths. Children learn about aspects of Judaism each year, along with one other faith such as Sikhism or Hinduism. Leaders from other faiths are welcome at St Clare’s to support the children’s learning and the pupils also have the opportunity to visit their places of worship.