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Religious Education


As a Local Authority school we teach the statutory agreed syllabus for Religious Education for Cambridgeshire. The content and rationale for this is displayed online at 


We have the ability to set our own long term plan for RE. This document sets out when we teach different units across the school. It can be found underneath the information on right to withdraw. 


Religion and belief have become more visible in public life in recent years, making it important that all pupils should have an opportunity to engage in RE.   However, the parent of a pupil at a Colville may request that they are withdrawn from all or part of RE lessons. 


Parents who wish to withdraw their children from RE should be aware of its aims and what is covered in the RE curriculum and that they are given the opportunity to discuss this if they wish. It should be made clear whether the withdrawal is from the whole RE curriculum or specific parts of it. No reasons need be given


Important - limitations to withdraw

  • If pupils are withdrawn from RE, schools have a duty to supervise them, though not to provide additional teaching.  A pupil may be required to work in another area of the school, such as library or break out area. 
  • Whilst parents or carers have a right to withdraw children from RE, they should note that children may also encounter religions and beliefs and wider aspects of faith in other areas of the curriculum from which there is no right of withdrawal.
  • On occasion, spontaneous questions about religious matters are raised by pupils or issues related to religion arise in other curriculum subjects such as history or citizenship (PSHE)  For example, schools promote community cohesion and help pupils to understand ideas about identity and diversity, feelings and emotions within both religious and non-religious contexts. 


If a student is withdrawn from RE, schools have a duty to supervise them, but not teach them or incur any extra cost. Pupils will usually remain on school premises where it is feasible and appropriate.


Where a request for withdrawal is made, the school must comply and excuse the pupil until the request is rescinded. Though not legally required, it is good practice for a head teacher to invite parents to discuss their written request. 


(Section 71(3), School Standards and Framework Act 1998).