Mrs K Berrisford

Miss S Milne

Mrs C Keay

Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9

To prepare for the changes made at Key Stage 4, schemes of work in Key Stage 3 have begun to be adapted to coincide with the course structure and assessment at GCSE level.

Across both year 7 and year 8 students have the opportunity to study different world religions and investigate some of the ways in which others express their religious belief and commitment to God.In year 8, as well as completing a comparative study of the Abrahamic faiths, students investigate some contemporary issues and develop their own reasoned responses to these.

Students are encouraged to continually practise their writing skills and at KS3 each assessment helps students to draw on their knowledge an understanding in order to access the more complex skills of analysis and evaluation. The assessments are written in a similar format to those at GCSE level.

Students have 2 lessons of Religious Education a week.

KS4: Years 9, 10 and 11

Due to the introduction of new specifications this year, students in year11 (2016-17) are working towards the Edexcel GCSE in Religious Studies.

This course offers a comparative approach to the study of two religions – Christianity and Islam. The following topics are considered:

1.   Rights and Responsibilities

2.   Environmental and Medical Issues

3.   Peace and Conflict

4.   Crime and Punishment

Year 11 have also worked towards the textual study of St Mark’s Gospel in which they have considered the life and ministry of Jesus.

Students beginning their GCSE study in September 2016 are studying towards the AQA GCSE in Religious Studies. This is made up of two key sections, each worth 50% of the course.

Beliefs, teachings and Practices

  • Students are required to study two religions in depth. We will study Christianity and Islam.

Textual Studies

Students are required to focus on one religion for this unit. We will focus upon Christianity.

  • The life of Jesus (ministry, teaching, Passion)
  • St. Mark’s Gospel as a source of religious, moral and spiritual truth

Each of these exam boards are assessed through exams at the end of the course and there are no controlled assessment or coursework.

Students have 2 lessons of Religious Education a week.


Religious Education is an interesting and stimulating subject and students should expect to enjoy their studies. Much of the material is thought provoking and demanding and lessons often involve discussion and debate. Students should feel confident to express themselves freely and respect the comments and opinions of others.