Religious Observance – The Rights of Learners and Families

Religious observance adopts an open and respectful approach and does not seek to compromise the beliefs of any pupils or their families. Under the terms of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, parents have the right to withdraw their child from religious observance. The terms of the Act state that “no pupil in any such school shall be placed at any disadvantage with respect to the secular instruction given therein by reason of his being withdrawn”. The school will deal with such requests with sensitivity and understanding. The Head Teacher is happy to meet with any parent wishing to withdraw their child to ensure that they are clear about the school policy. Where a child is withdrawn from religious observance, the school will make suitable arrangements for your child to participate in worthwhile alternative activity.