Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Nichola Russell
Telephone: 01924 303525
Email: headteacher@sandal.wakefield.sch.uk
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds
2nd July 2020 Guidance for full reopening of School - September 2020 The guidance for the full reopening of school as of of September 2020 has been published this morning. As you can imagine, we are now trawling through the detail. What I can confirm so far, based upon the key messages received,is that school will re open for all children on Tuesday 8th September. In line with government guidance, we will employ a staggered approach to the start and end of the day. As you will appreciate, we will be unable to ensure that siblings can start/finish school at the same time. We will communicate details to families as soon as possible to ensure you have maximum time to plan for the different start and finish times. More detail to follow asap. Thank you for all your lovely messages of support. It's been lovely to see how the school community continues to pull together through these uncertain and unprecedented times. Nichola Russell
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RE Quality Mark - Gold Award

We were very proud to be one of the first schools to have achieved the RE Quality Mark Gold Award in it's first year of launch. Our reaccreditation process took place in November 2017. We are delighted to announce that we continue to meet the Gold Award standard.

RE Quality Mark Gold

The REQM recognises high quality RE, particularly those schools which are providing their learners with authentic experiences and contributing to whole school outcomes.

RE makes a powerful contribution to young people’s learning. It provides them with the chance to explore the big ideas of religion and belief and to think about what matters in their own lives.

Good RE supports the development of the whole child. It also has a significant contribution to make to whole school improvement. With the renewed focus from Ofsted on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development for all pupils, it is more important than ever that RE is recognised and celebrated.

The RE Quality Mark has two purposes: it recognises good practice in RE and also provides a powerful tool for development.

The REQM has been set up to:

  • raise the profile of religious education in schools
  • celebrate a commitment to excellence in religious education
  • enable dissemination of quality RE through networking
  • provide a framework for measuring, planning and developing the quality of RE teaching and learning
  • encourage schools to increase the range and quality of teaching and learning in religious education to improve standards
  • develop pedagogies which have impact on whole school improvement
  • provide a structure and framework for dioceses and SACREs to map high quality religious education
  • address the findings of Transforming RE relating to enquiry based learning

As of October 2017, we will be using the new Diocesan Syllabus for RE incorporating 'Understanding Christianity' as our chosen syllabus for delivering the RE curriculum. A staff CPD event took place on the 11th October to launch the new syllabus and the Understanding Christianity resources and a curriculum mapping exercise took place.

The following document demonstrates the themes to be taught within each year group.

RE Curriculum Mapping