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The Religious Education Department aims to provide an environment conducive to the establishment of Christian faith and the adoption of sound moral and ethical values. It seeks to encourage in each student a desire to achieve their full potential in all areas of school life-spiritual, academic, creative, physical and emotional. It aims to produce well-rounded, happy, capable, tolerant, compassionate people who recognise their self-worth and are equipped to live and work confidently, effectively and wisely in a complex and changing world.

Key Stage 3 Summary

In Year 7 the general theme is identity when students look at our faith story and its Jewish roots. The importance of Jesus as the new covenant. What it means to be an active member of the Church through the sacraments. In Year 8 the general theme is purpose and we reflect that we journey together as a pilgrim people. That while there are difficult choices to be faced we are reminded of those who have journeyed before us and that we are nourished and supported on our life journey. We consider how we care for the earth and the importance of having 'Sabbath time' on our journey. In Year 9 the general theme is fulfilment as we look at how students respond to God's call in the world today. The idea of vocation and the common good are considered. The example set by a famous Christian is look at and we reflect on some of life's big questions.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7
Year 8

Year 9

Autumn Term
A welcome into our faith community.
Our journey as pilgrim people.

Candles in the dark

Spring Term
Jesus' mission, life and ministry.
From Exodus to Eucharist.
Who is my neighbour? A Christian's role in the world.
Summer Term
The Holy Spirit active in the world.
Respect for God's creation.
Believing in God.


Key Stage 4 Summary

Entry Option

Edquas Religious Education GCSE leading to grades 9-1.

Method of Assessment

Students will be assessed externally.

There are three modules each tested by examination in Year 11 covering

the following areas:

Component one: Foundation Catholic Theology. Exam 1 hour 30 minute.

Component two: Applied Catholic Theology. Exam 1 hour 30 minute.

Component three: Judaism. Exam 1 hour.


Foundation Catholic Theology

Creation ex nihilo, evolution, image Dei, inspiration, omnipotence, revelation, stewardship transcendence, conscience, evil, free-will, goodness, incarnation, Natural Law, privation, suffering.

Applied Catholic Theology

Death, eternal life, heaven, hell, judgement, Magisterium, resurrection, soul, absolutism, Eucharist, evangelisation, forgiveness, punishment, relativism, salvation, sin.


Orthodox and Reform beliefs and teachings about life after death, judgement and resurrection, spiritual and/or bodily resurrection, immortality of the soul and the belief that we must focus on this life in preparation for whatever happens in the next.

Key Concepts: synagogue, shekinah, kosher, Torah, mitzvoth, Messiah, Covenant.

What can this course lead onto?

This qualification can lead to A-Levels in Religious Studies, Philosophy and Critical thinking and the essay skills developed during GCSE support a wide range of further academic subject areas. Religious Studies graduates often go on to further career training and jobs in Business/international business, Marketing and management, The government, foreign service, or Charities commission, Non-profit or non-governmental organisations, Counselling and Social Work, Education, Journalism / publishing, Law, Medicine, Event planning, hospitality, or the service industry, Museums and the arts


Mr H Hampton (Head of RE)

Miss N Walsh

Mrs F Moore

Miss R Kelly

Mrs J Woods