The school sees R.E. as having a crucial role to play in the development of the students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural values. To this end students are given opportunities to discuss and reflect upon their own beliefs, feelings, opinions and attitudes. This is done explicitly in some topics e.g. Beliefs about God (Year 7). Buddhist Meditation (Year 9). Capital Punishment (Year 10) and The Holocaust and issues of stereotyping and racism (Year 11). It is also taught implicitly through classroom management and teaching strategies which encourage a spirit of respect and tolerance.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Religious belief (What do we mean by God?), Christianity

Year 8

Islam, Religious responses to global and personal issues

Year 9

Religion and the environment, Arguments on the existence of God, Buddhism


As of September 2016, students will study the OCR Religious Studies syllabus (9-1). The topics included in this course are:

  • The beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity such as the Nature of God, the Problem of Evil and Suffering, the role of the Church and the concept of Redemption.
  • The beliefs, teachings and practices of Buddhism such as the life of the Buddha, Enlightenment, Human Destiny and Buddhist Festivals.
  • A range of philosophical and ethical issues such as the Existence of God, Gender Equality, Families and Relationships, the Role of Religion in Modern Society, War and Peace and the Existence of Miracles.

Core students (who do not sit the examination) follow the Short Course syllabus.In R.E. we try to promote open-mindedness, self esteem, sensitivity, respect and tolerance. These skills and attitudes are best nurtured in a mixed ability situation. Throughout the school all students are taught R.E. in mixed ability classes. A wide variety of teaching methods are employed by the department including the use of:

  • Text books and information sheets for research and project work
  • Worksheets
  • Video
  • Role play
  • Visits by students to places of interest
  • Visits by outside speakers
  • IT
  • Experiential R.E. e.g. meditation exercises/Seder meal
  • Artefacts and pictures.

Advanced Subsidiary/Advanced Level

AS Level:

Religion and Philosophy:

  • The nature of God
  • Self, death and the afterlife
  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious experience

Religion and Ethics:

  • Key moral principles.
  • Religious identity
  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • Ethical theories.
  • Issues of human life and death.
  • Issues of animal life and death.

A Level:

Religion and Philosophy:

  • The challenge from science
  • The nature and function of religion
  • Religious language
  • Miracles
  • The dialogue between philosophy and Christianity

Religion and Ethics:

  • Religion and sexual identity
  • Religious pluralism
  • Introduction to meta ethics.
  • Free will and moral responsibility.
  • Conscience.
  • Bentham and Kant.
  • The dialogue between ethics and Christianity

Further Information

The School's Main Prospectus and Sixth Form Prospectus can both be downloaded from the Quick Links menu at the top on the right. Should you require any additional information relating to the curriculum please use our contact information to make an enquiry.

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