It is a legal requirement that all County and controlled schools must provide religious education for all pupils. In Devon, this is carried out in accordance with the agreed syllabus drawn up by a conference involving local churches, teachers and the LEA. Parents may request that their child be withdrawn from Religious Education lessons. Work and supervision for such children will be provided. Such a request should be made to the Headteacher in writing.
Religious Education at Old Priory seeks to contribute to the development of the child’s own beliefs and values, and to bring them to a knowledge and understanding of religion. We aim to meet the requirements by following the 2007 Agreed Syllabus for Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. The focused religions include Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Sikhism. Wide ranging aspects of each religion will be explored. Visiting speakers and workshops are organised to further broaden their understanding of these religions.
At the end of their time at Old Priory, the children will have had the opportunity to share their views, and develop a respect and tolerance for other people’s beliefs.