Primary praised for ‘inclusive’ education

November 02 2018

A PRIMARY school has been given an award for its delivering “excellent” religious education.

Fishponds Church of England Academy was given the award by the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education, which creates the RE syllabus for Bristol, monitors how schools teach it and provides them with support.

SACRE aims to ensure lessons are interesting and help children understand about a wide range of different people’s beliefs.

To help encourage schools it has created the Widening Inclusivity in RE – or WIRE – award for delivering excellent RE, which it has presented to the school in Fishponds Road.

Fishponds Academy principal Debbie Coker said: “Learning about other faiths and cultures is incredibly important to all at Fishponds. The Fishponds community is very diverse and the school prides itself in being inclusive.

“Children are encouraged to learn about each other’s lives and beliefs. They respond creatively and thoughtfully when thinking about the big questions in life, e.g. Why am I here? What is my purpose? How can I make the world a better place for myself and others?

“The children visit different places of worship and the school loves to host visitors of all faiths who share their beliefs. This helps the children develop tolerance and respect for all and creates a wonderfully welcoming ethos at the school where all are celebrated.”

Fishponds CE Academy is hosting tours for parent choosing a school for their children for next September on Thursday November 8 at 6pm and Friday November 9 10am.

Parents can call the school office on 0117 909 3491 to book a place.