Horniman Primary School

  • Horniman Drive
  • Forest Hill
  • London
  • SE23 3BP
  • Tel: 020 8699 3190
  • After School Club: 020 8699 8378
  • Email:
  • Headteacher: Mr Andrew Pickering
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Religious Education

At Horniman, we provide a balanced provision of Religious Education to reflect our multi-cultural community and to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, mental and physical development of all our pupils. We do not promote any religion and seek to educate children about the diverse range of beliefs in our community. We teach children tolerance and mutual respect in reguard to those who hold different beliefs to their own.


Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs, encouraging pupils to develop a sense of personal identity and belonging. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. 


Religious education challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses. It enables them to grow within their communities and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community.


Children are taught to have an understanding of all the world’s major religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism, and to respect other’s beliefs.  We celebrate religious festivals throughout the year and invite visitors from faith communities to lead assemblies. Classes may also visit places of worship.


Horniman school follows the Lewisham Agreed Syllabus. The content of the curriculum can be viewed here


Religious Education is a compulsory subject but parents have the right to withdraw their children. If you wish to withdraw your child please arrange to meet with the headteacher to discuss the matter.

Horniman Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.