Not all pupils or families connected to St Bartholomew’s are Roman Catholic. Indeed, our Nursery Class is non-denominational. St Bartholomew’s welcomes children of any faith, and of no faith at all, and the religious convictions and personal conscience of individual pupils and their families are acknowledged and respected at all times.
Although the school has a duty to proclaim the Gospel and offer education based on the values and teachings of the Catholic Church, parents and carers have the right to request that their child withdraw from Religious Education and observance. Parents who wish to withdraw their child from religious observance should make an appointment with the Head Teacher so that suitable arrangements can be discussed and arranged.
Parents from ethnic minority religious communities may request that their children be permitted to be absent from school in order to celebrate recognised religious festivals. However, only written requests will be considered. Appropriate requests will be granted on no more than three occasions in any one school session and the pupil will be marked as an authorised absentee in the register.