Camelsdale Primary School has been awarded the Religious Education Quality Mark for providing a good standard of religious education (RE).

The school recently went under the spotlight, with the external assessor reporting: “The RE leader has plans and a clear vision for developing RE further and talks passionately about the subject and how it has evolved in school.

“The school’s values are embedded throughout the curriculum and the RE lead evaluates what is taught to ensure it gives opportunities for pupils to recognise and practise those values.

“It was uplifting to see a community school working so hard to raise the profile of RE in school.

“Although clearly meeting bronze standard, there were several examples that clearly dipped into silver.

“This school was a lot more reserved in their self-evaluation than most schools.”

Camelsdale RE subject leader Lindsay Russell said: “RE shows what connects us as a family.

“It facilitates our understanding of each other and shows us that different faiths can bring us together.”

Headteacher Sarah Palmer added: “The RE leader’s work in designing the curriculum and raising the profile of RE has contributed to the school’s wider priorities.

“We thank Mrs Russell and the staff team for all their hard work.

“We are not a church school, but it is important to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding in wider world views and provide the children with the opportunity to reflect on some of life’s big questions.

“We are delighted this has been recognised and now are working towards the silver level!”

The RE Quality Mark has been managed by the RE Council of England and Wales since 2015.