Religious Education

Key Stage 3

Pupils in Year 7 and Year 8 study a variety of topics based on the Curriculum Directory written by the Bishops of England and Wales.  Topics include the exploration of the Seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church and the Life and Teachings of Jesus.


During the first term in Year 9 pupils undertake a programme of study which enables them to see how Roman Catholic and Islamic people put their faith into action in modern society.

Key Stage 4

The GCSE AQA Religious Studies course begins at Christmas in Year 9 and runs through to early in the Spring term of Year 11.  An extensive revision programme is then followed to prepare pupils for success.
Pupils study two modules during this time and sit two examinations in the Summer term of Year 11.

Key Stage 5

Students study Edexcel Religious Studies Philosophy and Ethics and sit two examinations during the Summer term of Year 12 (AS) and a further two examinations during the Summer term of Year 13 (A2), leading to a full A Level.  Students are required to do extensive reading “around” the topics explored during lessons.

We also provide a General Religious Education qualification (NOCN) to those students who are not studying A Level Religious Studies.  Students will access this at either Level 2 or Level 3 depending on their chosen path through Sixth Form.


All assessments at KS3 and during the transition are based on the Levels of Attainment as outlined in the Curriculum Directory.  Pupil progress is monitored regularly and high quality feedback allows a pupil to continually improve.  At KS4 and KS5 all assessments are set and marked in line with the examination board’s requirements.


Pupils in Year 7 are taught in mixed ability sets in four groups per half year.  In Year 8 – 11 pupils are taught in groups according to ability in five classes per half year.  Sixth Form students study in mixed ability groups.


All pupils in KS3 and KS4 access the required 10% of the curriculum time in Religious Education as stated in the Curriculum Directory.  At KS5 students study 8 hours per fortnight in Year 12 and 10 hours per fortnight in Year 13.  Our General RE programme for those students not studying Philosophy and Ethics access the required 5% provision at one hour per week.

Director of Learning for Religious Education – Mrs Claire Groom

Assistant Director of Learning for Religious Education – Mrs Natalie Robinson