Religious Education

Religious Education

Aims of the department

Religious Education makes a distinctive contribution to pupils' learning by enabling them to reflect upon themselves as whole people, experiencing life through the body, the mind and the spirit. The purpose of Religious Education is to help pupils to understand the significance of religion and its contribution to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Through the delivery of RE in school, we aim to provide all students with the tools to become valued members of society. We focus on a range of ethical and moral debates, and cover issues around the family and community as well as environmental concerns.
All students are actively encouraged to develop a strong sense of engagement, respect, self – understanding and curiosity through the study of different religions and world beliefs.

Students in Year 7 and 8 have 1 lesson a week

Students study GCSE RE in Year 9 and 10 with 1 lesson a week in Year 9 and 2 lessons in Year 10. At the end of Year 10 students will sit their GCSE exam.

Current Year 11 will sit their GCSE at the end of this year.

Key skills

The key skills that we aim to develop in our students in Religious Education include :

  • Knowledge
  • Learning from religion (AO2)
  • Understanding
  • Explanation
  • Presentation of ideas
  • Reflection
  • Empathy
  • Expression
  • Co operation
  • Investigation
  • Analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Application
  • Evaluation
  • Learning about religion (AO1)


 Our students follow a diverse curriculum at Key Stage 3, which incorporates regular cumulative assessment and encourages their personal, social and emotional development as young people. We nurture self- awareness in our students and tackle issues such as prejudice, human rights and the environment, using a range of learning styles to develop the key skills.


Year Group

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Who am I ?

Ancient Judaism

Modern Judaism



Animal Rights

Prejudice and Discrimination

Environmental issues



Course outline:

 Every student in Year 9 studies RE for one lesson a week and in Year 10 will have two lessons a week. The content we cover prepares students for the AQA  `Religious Studies A` GCSE examination. 

In the course we reflect upon and explore questions about the meaning of life and religious responses to moral issues, introduce pupils to the challenging and varied nature of religion and help them to appreciate the contribution of religion to the formation of patterns of belief and behaviour and develop empathetic skills and promote mutual understanding and tolerance of other people’s viewpoints.

Why is this a compulsory subject that everyone has to take?

Religious Education is a compulsory subject which has to be taught by law in all state schools, to provide students with an understanding of important moral, religious and social issues that concern us all as members of a modern and progressive society.

It provides students with information about the diversity of culture and lifestyle within the United Kingdom, which in turn prepares them for working in any profession in which they will be expected to deal with members of the public, many of whom will have a different background to themselves.


Unit1 (50 % of total mark)
Unit2 (50 % of total mark)


 Relationships and Families

Religion and Life


Religion, Peace and Conflict

Religion, Crime and Punishment



There is no coursework element

There is no coursework element

1 written paper ( 1hour 45 minutes)

1 written paper ( 1hour 45 minutes)