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Our Church School

At St. Edward’s we are proud of the distinctive church ethos which permeates all that we do at the school.

We aim to be distinctive in our Christian character by living out our school values daily.

Our Parish Church

We have very strong links with our parish church, St. Edward the Confessor, which is in the middle of Romford marketplace.

The Vicar of the church, Father Mike, is very involved in our school and regularly leads our assemblies, along with other members of the church community. All of our children attend church services regularly. Our children attend church services at least once every half term, with the major Christian festivals being celebrated either with a service in church or school.

For more information about St. Edward’s church, please click here.

Collective Worship

Our daily act of worship is an important part of every school day and worship is seen as the heartbeat at the centre of our school life.

Our pupils are frequently complimented on their reverent response during acts of worship, and the value we place on the opportunities we have to worship God together is clear for all to see.

Our Monday morning assemblies set the theme for the week, often based around our Core Christian values (Friendship, Thankfulness, Truthfulness, Trust, Forgiveness, Respect, Reverence and Responsibility). On Friday we celebrate and reflect on the achievements of the week.

Children in our school have regular opportunities to lead the worship of their peers in weekly class assemblies and our House Captains lead assemblies too. Our worship committee, made of pupils in the Upper School, play an active part in preparing for our acts of worship.

Every year, Year 6 students are invited to attend the National Edwardtide Pilgrimage at Westminster Abbey.

Religious Education

We believe that a high quality religious education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the nature, role and influence of religion in the world.

Teaching should equip pupils to think critically, ask perceptive questions, formulate reasoned opinion and handle controversial issues and truth claims. It should provide pupils with the opportunity to pursue a personal quest for meaning, purpose and value and to develop an understanding of, and respect for, different beliefs and lifestyles. The development of human cultures and the lives of millions of people have been influenced by religions and beliefs; RE enables pupils to recognise this and respond to it so that they can learn more about themselves and their place in the world. The subject has a key role in enabling pupils to achieve and in preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

Our School RE curriculum is currently based on the Havering/Redbridge Agreed syllabus, supported by ‘Understanding Christianity’ resources. We organise visits to local places of worship and invite representatives of local religious groups to talk to the children. Children carry out research into religious topics. They study different faiths and also compare the religious views of different faith groups on topics such as rites of passage or festivals

Our RE lead teacher is Mrs Clare Beech.