Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE)

Every local authority (LA) is required by law to have a SACRE. Its origins go back to the Education Act of 1944, but the Education Reform Act 1988 and the Education Act 1996 strengthened its place in an LA.

The responsibilities of SACRE are:

  • to advise the LA on all aspects of its provision for RE in its schools (this does not include Voluntary Aided Schools)
  • to decide whether the LA's Agreed Syllabus for RE needs to be reviewed and to require the LEA does so
  • to provide advice to the LA on Collective Worship in its schools (this does not include Voluntary Aided or Voluntary Controlled Schools)
  • to consider any requests from Head teachers to hold Collective Worship that is not of a broadly Christian character
  • to advise on matters relating to training for teachers in RE and Collective Worship
  • to publish an annual report of its work

A SACRE is made up of four committees:

  1. representatives of Christian denominations and other religions and their denominations which reflect the principal religious traditions of the borough
  2. representatives of the Church of England
  3. representatives of the teaching profession
  4. representatives from the LA, including councillors and RE advisors

The LA provides a clerk to the SACRE and a small budget for general running expenses, this budget rises in the years when a review of the syllabus is due. It is the duty of the SACRE to ensure that a revision of the locally agreed syllabus takes place every five years.

The borough’s SACRE meets three times a year.

A SACRE is quorate (has enough members present) if at least one member of each committee is present. Each committee has equal voting rights, one vote per committee vote.

Schools are required by law to provide a daily act of collective worship which ‘shall be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’, one of the duties of a SACRE is to offer advice to head teachers and governing bodies and disseminate good practice. A SACRE should also discuss any determinations (exceptions from broadly Christian collective worship). However, the Borough has never had any applications for such a determination.

SACRE syllabus (pdf)

H&F SACRE annual report 2016/17(pdf)

Prevent and undesirable bookings, advice and good practice for community venues (pdf) This is an example/ template document only, rather than a definitive list.

More information about Prevent

Contact SACRE

Clare Smith
SACRE and CoG Support
020 8753 6041

SACRE has vacancies in some categories  - if you are interested in joining the SACRE please contact the clerk to check your eligibility for membership.  The SACRE meets three times a year.  

Hammersmith & Fulham SACRE Membership 2018/2019

Places in total


Christian and other religious denominations and non-religious worldviews

9 places

Bhupinder Singh


Graham Newman


Naif Sheikh (V-C)


Lalani Perera


Daniella Fetuga-Joensuu




The Church of England

6 places

Eleanor Allen


David  Broad


Madeleine Miller


Mark Newton (C)


Revd Mark Osborne


Astrid Wilson




Teachers’ associations

6 places

Courtney Hosp


Liberty Sandeman




The LA

6 places

3 co-optees

Councillor Rory Vaughan


Jan Parnell – Assistant Director of Children’s Services (Education)



RE consultant

Lesley Prior

In order for group A to be quorate one of those present should be of a non-Christian faith.

Group A – 2

Group B – 1

Group C – 1

Group D – 1