Religious Education

Religious Education is provided within the timetable according to guidelines approved by the Governing Body and the Diocesan Council for Education. Our scheme of work is based on The Manchester Diocesan Scheme of Work for R.E. As a Voluntary Aided Church of England School, Religious Education at St Mary's is the responsibility of the governors. It must be provided in accordance with the Trust Deed.
Our broad aim for Religious Education is that pupils understand the teachings and practices of Christianity and are encouraged to develop their own beliefs and values. The principle aim for Religious Education at St Mary's School, as part of the witness of the church in the service to the community, is to aid children on their spiritual journey in the discovery of things that matter.
The major focus of Religious Education teaching is Christianity, in recognition of the foundation of the school and its importance in the life of the community. Pupils enjoy first hand learning through experience. We access a number of experience days such as, Experience Pentecost, Experience Easter and Experience Harvest. At Key Stage 2, the introduction of the study of world faiths provides children with knowledge of the range and diversity of faiths across our world. School has a programme of educational visits to other places of worship that complement their Religious Education Scheme of work such as visits to Greenfield Methodist Church, the Moravian Settlement, Greengate Street Mosque and a Jewish Synagogue.
The distinctiveness and effectiveness of St Mary’s as a Church of England School are outstanding. The school has a very strong Christian ethos which permeates every aspect of school life. Pupils flourish as confident, independent and successful learners in a stimulating and caring environment.

The school has a strong programme of RE and pupils engage well in RE lessons. The school is very well led and managed and the Christian vision and strong commitment of the Head Teacher, staff and governors has ensured that the ethos and the gospel values permeate all aspects of school life.
SIAMS Report (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools), July 2014

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Collective Worship

During the week there is a daily act of collective worship and a variety of worship is undertaken across school. Themes are identified using a two year programme of Collective Worship. Records of the programme are held in the school office and are available to parents, on request, during school hours. The Headteacher and all teaching staff are responsible for leading worship and ‘The Groundbreakers Team’ from the Manchester Mission Project visit regularly. Members of St Mary’s Church and the Saddleworth Clergy Team also contribute to the worship life of the school each month. Reverend Jenny Degg and Reverend Barbara Christopher are active members of our Governing Body, supporting the spiritual development of the school. Singing forms an important part of our worship Celebration Worship takes place each Friday and family members are welcome.
The school encourages all families to join with us at our regular services at St Mary's Church when we celebrate special occasions such as Harvest, Advent, Christmas, Education Sunday, Easter, Ascension Day and End of School Year Service. Classes participate in presentations during these religious celebrations.
Class assemblies to present and celebrate learning and also sporting achievement assemblies are held throughout the year.
Provision for worship at St Mary's C E (A) Primary School, Greenfield is in accordance with Manchester Diocesan Policy.


The impact of collective worship on the school community is outstanding. Worship is distinctly Christian and central to school life. Prayer is an important part of school life and children say that collective worship “helps me with my Christian beliefs.
SIAMS Report (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools), July 2014


Parents' Right of Withdrawal from Religious Education and Collective Worship
As a Church Aided school, provision is not made for withdrawal from the teaching of Religious Education. Any request for withdrawal must be made to the Governing Body. However, because much teaching is delivered through the thematic approach, withdrawal may have a detrimental effect on your child’s learning. We value the whole school community coming together in a daily act of collective worship and provision is not made for withdrawal from collective worship. Any request for withdrawal must be made to the Governing Body although withdrawal may have a negative effect on your child.