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Religious Education

Staffing and Role:

Mrs Brooker Head of RE
Ms Swan Teacher of RE

Vision Statement:

Religious Education gives us a knowledge of the world around us and changes it into something more accessible. Our vision is to enable students to develop enquiring minds and a love of learning. Religious Education develops in us a perspective of looking at life and an empathy for others. It helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life so that we can become an integral part of a multi faith and multi-cultural society.

KS3 Curriculum

All students in years 7 and 8 have one lesson of Religious Education a week and will study a unit of work every half term, covering a variety of themes, concepts and traditions/cultures of religion as shown below:

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 7

Introductory Unit

  • Religion
  • Sacred
  • Symbol

What does it mean to live a life as a Christian?

  • Agape
  • God
  • Church

Can mediation help people overcome suffering?

  • Suffering (Dukkah)
  • Community (Sangha)
  • Enlightenment
Year 8

Inspirational People

  • Community
  • Justice
  • Hope

Christianity II

  • Forgiveness
  • Reconciliation
  • Atonement

What does it mean to be a Muslim in the UK today?

  • Peace (Islam)
  • Community (Umma)
  • Struggle (Jihad) 

Students following Living Difference III, the agreed RE syllabus

Living Difference III is the Agreed Syllabus for religious education (RE) in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight. It builds on an approach to religious education, enriched by philosophical and theological enquiry, as well as current research, used in Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton since 2004. Living Difference III is evidence of the ongoing, fruitful partnership between Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton, and now the Isle of Wight, in relation to religious education.

The approach to Religious Education emphasises a process of enquiry into concepts. Students have the opportunity to respond from their own experience before being introduced to the way others appreciate things. Religious Education offers students the opportunity to live in someone else’s shoes, develop evaluation and reasoning skills and to make a judgement about why something is important for someone else as well as to discern what may be important for themselves. Living Difference III identifies three groups of concepts:

  • concepts common to all people
  • concepts shared by many religions
  • concepts distinctive to particular religions.

KS4 Curriculum

Students study GCSE Religious Education (AQA exam board) for 2 hours a week from Year 9. There are two areas to learn about in preparation for the GCSE examination. Thematic Studies: Crime and Punishment, Peace and Conflict, Religion and Life and Relationships and Families and Components: Christian and Islam Beliefs, Teachings and Practices.

Term 1:

  • Concept of evil and suffering including moral and natural evil.
  • How the world was created and how and why suffering exists.

Term 2:

  • Genetic engineering including moral and ethical reasoning.

Term 3:

  • Festivals a wide variety of festivals will be explored and the rationale and philosophy behind each festival.


Latest exam results

2019 – 72.9% 9-4  (154 students were entered for GCSE Religious Education)

Extra-curricular activities and clubs:

We offer two debating clubs one for KS3 and one for KS4

Amnesty International club

KS3 and KS4 film clubs where we watch films that support the topics we cover in the syllabus


There are two adjoining classrooms above the Sports Hall


Quotes from Students:

RE GCSE is a great subject to take, it has multiple different benefits that will help shape you into a more well-rounded person. You will get the chance to learn about all different religions and cultures across the world. As well as this, you get to study other topics like War and Conflict along with Crime and Punishment. RE gives you a bigger insight to current and past world affairs and it helps you understand how they have affected people's lives. RE has helped me get a better understanding view of the world around the people and me in it. 

Religious education (RE) is a great option to take for GCSE, with huge range of interesting topics to cover! Learning about both themes and religions is hugely beneficial to opening your eyes to a whole world of culture and beliefs you were perhaps unaware of, giving you a deeper insight and understanding of the world and the people who live within it. You not only study about religious practices but also intriguing themes such as war and conflict that give you the opportunity to create debates and express your views and beliefs, while also taking into account your classmates opinions on the topic. RE has helped me to understand, not only people and their beliefs, but also discover things I never knew about the world – I think RE is much more than just a GCSE. 

"Why RE is a useful GCSE?"

I find that GCSE RE is a very useful exam to learn and take due to the fact that it covers a broad range of old and new situations, and the subjects teaches the viewpoints and opinions of people all around the globe. RE contains a prospectus full of variety that opens doors to many opinions and debates. To learn RE is very helpful for employers as they know that you have a knowledge of lots of ethnic groups and can act with confidence knowing that you are aware of other people’s beliefs and schedules.