Religious Studies is at the centre of the curriculum as we are a Catholic school. Students will study and become familiar with the teachings of the Catholic Church as well as the beliefs of other Christians and other faiths. Students are encouraged to engage with their own beliefs and values as well as those of others and also to engage with questions of meaning and purpose.
Religious Studies is a rigorous academic subject, in which all students are given the opportunity to develop as thinkers and to develop the ability to explain and critically analyse different religious beliefs.
In addition to teaching academic Religious Studies, the department is active in the spiritual life of the school. The department assists in the organisation of school liturgies, assemblies and retreats.
All students take Religious Studies at GCSE and the examination results have been excellent in recent years.
Religious Studies is a very popular choice at A level. There are currently two classes in both Years 12 & 13. As part of the course, students study Ethics and Philosophy and Christian Thought. Many students continue to study a combination of Philosophy, Ethics or Philosophy at University. Religious Studies at A Level is beneficial for many other courses, including Medicine, Nursing and Law.
Key Stage 3:
Schemes of work are based on the Religious Education Curriculum Directory, using ‘The Way, The Truth, The Life’ resources.
- Antonio Rosmini and the Rosminian order
- Stories and themes in the Old Testament (e.g. Moses)
- Baptism & Confirmation
- The life and teachings of Jesus
- The history of Christianity (e.g. St. Paul; St. Peter; Celtic Saints; the Reformation; Christian Unity)
- All students start the GCSE Religious Studies course. The main topics are:
- Jewish Beliefs
- Jewish Practices
- Introduction to Foundation Catholic Theology: Origins and Meanings
GCSE Religious Studies:
All students take GCSE Religious Studies, starting in Year 9.
Exam Board: OCR (syllabus B)
Main Content: Roman Catholic Theology & Judaism
Paper 1: Foundational Catholic Theology: 1 exam – 90 minutes
- Origins and Meanings
- Good and Evil
Paper 2: Applied Catholic Christianity: 1 exam – 90 minutes
- Life and Death
- Sin and Forgiveness
Paper 3: Judaism: 1 exam – 60 minutes
- Jewish Beliefs
- Jewish Practices
All students follow a Sixth Form RPE (Religious, Philosophy & Ethics) programme. Students are given the opportunity to examine important issues in the guiding light of a Christian moral framework.
So far this year, we have looked at:
- The importance of the School Mission Statement
- The work of Cafod
- The Rwandan Genocide
- HCPT & Lourdes (Year 12)
Exam Board: OCR
There are three main components:
1. Philosophy: 1 examination – 2 hours
2. Ethics: 1 examination – 2 hours
3. Christian Thought: 1 examination – 2 hours
There are 10 students in Year 12 & 13 students in Year 13
Extra Curricular Trips:
Year 7: RS Community Day & Visit to the Briars
Year 10: Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre
Years 12 & 13: Lourdes Pilgrimage
Related Clubs & societies:
Years 12 & 13:
VSU: Voluntary Service Unit – Students visit a local community centre to spend time with adults with learning disabilities.
Mr N Walsh, Head of Department - NWalsh@ratcliffe.leics.sch.uk
Mrs P Smith, 2nd in Department – PJSmith@ratcliffe.leics.sch.uk
Mrs Y O’Connor, Part-Time - YOConnor@ratcliffe.leics.sch.uk
Mr A Kellighan, Part-Time - AKellighan@ratcliffe.leics.sch.uk
Miss A Corbinzolu - ACorbinzolu@ratcliffe.leics.sch.uk
Mr P Michel (RS & Chaplain) - PMichel@ratcliffe.leics.sch.uk