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Christian Life

Ensuring our school and our lessons are inviting, inclusive and inspirational.

Collective Worship

Collective Worship is an important part of each day at our school. Some days we meet together as a whole school, on others as Key Stages, Houses or individual classes.

 

Each half term we focus on one of our values in particular.

Our Collective Worship is inviting, inclusive and inspirational. It includes time to worship through song and prayer, a time for reflection and is usually linked to Biblical teachings.

We have regular visits from Reverend Rachel Cornish, Priest in Charge at St Bartholomew's Church in Albourne, Liz Styles from The Point Church in Burgess Hill and from Splash, a local Christian charity that works within schools.

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Our churches

Our school is situated within the Parish of Albourne, which is part of three parishes. These are known as ASCAT: Albourne, Sayers Common and Twineham, and lie within the Diocese of Chichester.

 

Our local churches are St Bartholomew's Church in Albourne and Christ Church in Sayers Common. Throughout the year we attend services at these churches.

Religious Education

At Albourne, we deliver Religious Education (RE) in line with the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus. This provides an effective RE programme of study to enable pupils to have the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to hold balanced and informed conversations about religions and worldviews.

Through RE, we seek to give our children a rich variety of experiences from which they can develop knowledge, understanding and awareness of all faiths.

 

RE also has a significant role in the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. It promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs. We encourage pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection.

 

In line with the Church of England’s Statement of Entitlement (2019), we aim for all pupils:

  • to know about and understand Christianity as a diverse global living faith through the exploration of core beliefs using an approach that critically engages with biblical text

  • to gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and world views appreciating diversity, continuity and change within the religions and worldviews being studied

  • to engage with challenging questions of meaning and purpose raised by human existence and experience

  • to recognise the concept of religion and its continuing influence on Britain’s cultural heritage and in the lives of individuals and societies in different times, cultures and places

  • to explore their own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways of living, believing and thinking

 

Find out more about our teaching of RE on our Religious Education page.

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