Religious Studies

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.   Students are also encouraged to reflect and contemplate on the importance and beauty of life.

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 will study both Ethics and Philosophy. 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.

Academic Programme

Key Stage 3:

Schemes of work are based on the Religious Education Curriculum Directory, using the ICONS programme, as well as ‘The Way, The Truth, The Life’.

Topics include:

Year 7

- Antonio Rosmini and the Rosminian order
- Stories and themes in the Old Testament (e.g. Moses)
- Hinduism

Year 8

- Judaism
- Introduction to the Gospels
- The Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus

Year 9

- The history of Christianity (e.g. St. Paul; St. Peter; Celtic Saints; the Reformation; Christian Unity)
- Islam

GCSE Religious Studies:

All students take GCSE Religious Studies

Exam Board: OCR (syllabus B)

Main Content: Philosophy and Ethics: from a predominantly, but not exclusively, Christian viewpoint.

Topics Studied:

- The Nature of God – Religion and Science
- The End of Life – Good and Evil
- Family and Relationships – Medical Ethics
- Religion and Equality – Peace and Justice

Years 12-13:

All students follow a general Religious Studies programme which gives them the opportunity to examine important issues in the guiding light of a Christian moral framework.

A Level:

Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
OCR course (four modules over two years)
17 students in Year 12 & 15 students in Year 13 (2010)

Religious Studies Information Booklet

Religious Studies Information Booklet 2014

Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra Curricular Trips:

Year 7: RS Induction Day & Visit to the Briars
Year 9: Briars Visit
Year 10: Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre
Year 11: GCSE Revision Day
Year 10-13: Rome Trip

Related Trips:

Years 12 & 13: Lourdes Pilgrimage

Related Clubs & societies:

Years 12 & 13: Rosmini Society – students have an opportunity to debate ethical, philosophical and religious issues.

VSU: Voluntary Service Unit – Students visit a local community centre to spend time with adults with learning disabilities.


Mr N Walsh, Head of Department -
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Mrs Y O’Connor, Years 8,10,11 -
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