Key Information

As a Catholic school St Wilfrid’s aims to:

  • Develop in each individual a personal relationship with God which will lead to a living faith.
  • Ensure that the Curriculum is placed with a Catholic Christian setting in which children grow in understanding and in the acquisition of skills, attitudes and values that they may develop to their full potential.
  • Create a positive and fulfilling interaction between all members of the school community, home, parish and local area, to prepare the pupils for entry into the wider community.
  • Look to Christ for the basis of its existence, we aim to show concern for all the teaching staff, together with all non-teaching staff, parents, governors, as well as the pupils.


In the life of faith of the Catholic school, religious education plays a central and vital part. At the heart of Catholic education lies the Christian vision of the human person. This vision is expressed and explored in religious education. Therefore religious education is never simply one subject among many, but the foundation of the entire educational process.

The beliefs and values studied in catholic religious education inspire and draw together every aspect of the life of a catholic school. We are committed to classroom RE, then, because all pupils have the right to receive an overall education which will enable them, in the light of the faith of the Church, to engage with the deepest questions of life and find reasons for the hope which is within them (1 Peter 3.15). Religious education is, then, the core subject in a Catholic school.

In 1996, the Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic schools was published. This stated clearly the overall aims of classroom RE and its more precise objectives. They can be summarised as stating that religious education in a Catholic school is the comprehensive and systematic study of the mystery of God, of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, the teachings of his Church, the central beliefs that Catholics hold, the basis for them and the relationship between faith and life; in a manner which encourages investigation and reflection by the pupils, develops the appropriate skills and attitudes and promotes free, informed and full response to God's call in everyday life. In the words of the Curriculum Directory, the outcome of Catholic religious education:

  • 'is religiously literate young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills -appropriate to their age and capacity- to think spiritually, ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life'.

For further curriculum information relating to specific subject areas please go to our Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact page. Thank you.