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About the Department

Students Learn FROM and ABOUT religions. We take an analytical, objective approach and teach in a non-confessional way, exploring non-religious as well as religious perspectives, through the development of learning habits and teaching skills. Students learn superb transferable skills such as explanation, examination and evaluation. Religious Studies has a particularly successful track record at GCSE with all students in Year 11 attaining Level 5 grades and above, and approximately 80% of students attaining tops grades, year on year.

KS3 Curriculum

There is no official, compulsory syllabus for RS (also Academies have greater liberty, at the discretion of the Head Teacher), however, we use the locally agreed syllabus (SACRE).

Information on Assessment:

From KS3 students are assessed at the end of each 6 to 10 week unit (one lesson of RS per week), in addition to a number of assessed HWs and written pieces/essays in between.  

Home Learning/ Homework Policy:

Students in KS3 are set HW each lesson (only one lesson per week), or for longer pieces are given two weeks to complete. HW is set to compliment schemes of work and will never be set purely for the sake of it.

KS4 Curriculum

GCSE Syllabus:

AQA Religious Studies A (8062)

Thematic Studies (non-textual)

Study of two religions in depth

2 one hour and forty five minute examinations, no coursework

Information on Assessment:

Students are assessed at the end of each 6 to 10 week unit (one lesson of RS per week), in addition to a number of assessed HWs and written pieces/essays in between.

Home Learning/ Homework Policy:

Students in KS4 are set HW each lesson (only one lesson per week), or for longer pieces are given two weeks to complete. HW is set to compliment schemes of work and will never be set purely for the sake of it.

KS5 Curriculum

A Level Syllabus:

AQA A Level (7062)

Religion, philosophy and ethics

Study of one religion in detail and dialogues between religion, philosophy and ethics

2 three hour examinations, all essay based, no coursework

Information on Assessment:

KS5 students are assessed with regular (weekly or fortnightly) essays - timed in class, and as HW. All students are assessed summatively in yearly examinations, PPEs and Internal examinations (Year 12).

Beyond the Classroom

Trips to places of worship are sometimes organised to develop student appreciation of religious communities and symbolism, for example, to Saint Paul's Cathedral or the Royal Courts of Justice to compliment different approaches to punishment and ethics.

Links to useful Sites

Subject Documents Date  
RE Agreed Syllabus SACRE 18th Dec 2018 Download
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