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Religious Education

  • Ms C Delaney (Deputy Principal and RE Teacher)
  • Mrs. H Inniss (Subject Leader for RE)
  • Ms. P John Baptiste (Mentoring and Guidance Co-ordinator, RE Teacher)
  • Mr. J Fernandes (Teacher of RE and Spirituality Lead) 
  • Mr. E Petrie (Assistant Principal, RE and History Teacher)    

Religious Education is one of the core subjects at the College, alongside English, Maths, and Science. Students enjoy RE lessons and come to a deeper knowledge, understanding, and love of the Word of God as revealed in Scriptures and the teaching of the Church.

Students are given the opportunity to reflect on their own lives and the big decisions that they are facing. We aim to ensure all students are challenged to learn about and learn from Catholic Christianity through a lively and thorough analysis of the effects of the Roman Catholic tradition on different aspects of Christian lifestyle and practice. The GCSE specification at Key Stage 4 and the schemes of work at KS3 conform to the requirements laid down by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Religious Education at KS3:

RE is compulsory for all Key Stage 3 students and they receive four lessons over a fortnight. Students follow the Curriculum Directory as laid down by the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales. This is a challenging program of study as students discover a new way of thinking and learning in Religious Education. They will have to think in a deeper way and look for meanings that are not immediately obvious. They will explore the Church as the ‘People of God’ and the ‘Body of Jesus Christ’ and understand why God calls all people to Himself and how to live out our lives following the teachings of ‘Love of Neighbour’.

Homework consists of varied weekly tasks that support what they are learning in each unit.

Religious Education at KS4:

As a Catholic school, GCSE RE is compulsory for all. Students will be studying for the Edexcel Specification A - Catholic Christianity. In addition to this, students will study a second faith, Judaism, in-depth, as well as exploring a range of philosophical and ethical issues. This course consists of three papers which will be examined in the summer of Year 11.

More detail can be found out about GCSE on the page section below.

Enrichment and Extra-Curricular:

Students have the opportunity to be part of the Youth Chaplaincy team, where they take a lead role in the spiritual life of the school, assisting with liturgies, charity work, and leading student and staff prayers.

Each year, Year 7 and 9 students will attend a spiritual retreat where they have time to reflect on their relationship with God and with each other.

Students also have the opportunity to attend our annual pilgrimage to Rome, where they will visit the Vatican as well as many other churches and sites of religious and historical significance.

For more details please email our Head of Department

 

GCSE Religious Education

Qualification: GCSE
Exam Board: Edexcel Specification A
Tiers of Entry: Single

GCSE Religious Education enables students to focus in-depth on the Catholic faith, by exploring beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority, and forms of expression within Catholicism.

Students will also broaden their understanding of other religions by studying the beliefs and practices of another major world faith, Judaism.

In addition, a student will develop their analytical skills by investigating philosophical and ethical issues.

This specification will not only help students understand theological concepts and religious doctrines, but it will also promote and equip students with valuable skills for their future development, such as analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership, and research skills.

Course Content and Assessment

Paper 1: Catholic Christianity

  • Topics: Beliefs and Teachings, Practices, Sources of Wisdom and Authority, Forms of Expression and Ways of Life 
  • 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of the overall grade

Paper 2: Judaism

  • Topics: Beliefs and Teachings and Practices
  •  50 minutes, 25% of the overall grade

Paper 2: Philosophy and Ethics 

  • Topics: Arguments for the Existence of God and Relationships in the 21st Century
  •  50 minutes, 25% of the overall grade

More information about the specification, specimen, and past papers can be found here: 

Pearson

Homework: 

Homework at Key Stage 4 is set weekly or fortnightly depending on the task. Students will be set a range of activities including research, preparation for presentations, exam questions and skills as well as revision tasks.

Revision: 

Useful revision guides and workbooks
  • Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies A (9-1): Catholic Christianity with Islam and Judaism Revision Guide, A. Lewis & W Ahmedi
  • GCSE Religious Studies for Edexcel A (9-1): Catholic Christianity Foundation Workbook: Catholic Christianity, A. Lewis
  • My Revision Notes Edexcel Religious Studies for GCSE (9-1): Catholic Christianity (Specification A), V. Watton

Useful revision website:

MrMcMillanREvis YouTube channel

Progression:

Religious Education or Philosophy and Ethics are a popular choice of A-Level subject at Sixth Form and can lead to University degrees in the same subjects. 

Careers: 

  • Education
  • Social work
  • Policing
  • Religious leadership
  • Chaplaincy
  • Counseling
  • Youth Work
  • Journalism
  • Charity policy and fundraising  
  • Politics
  • Civil Service

For more information on careers relating to Religious Education see the following links: 

UCAS

Prospects

For more details please email our Head of Department

Latest RE Department News

Start of Term Mass:

This week, Mr Ronan along the Vice Principals Mr Ryan and Miss Delaney attended the start of year Mass at St Georges Cathedral. They were accompanied by a number of the student leadership team including the Head Girl and Boy and the deputies. At Mass they were joined by staff and students from around the diocese. It was a fantastic way to start a new school year and a great opportunity for a number of students to attend Mass outside of their parish at our Diocesan Cathedral.

Mass

 

Aylesford Priory Retreats:

In the summer term all Year 7 and Year 9 students attended a day retreat to Aylesford Priory in Kent. Each day had a spiritual focus and was led by the St Vincent’s, our Diocesan retreat team. Students engaged in group activities whilst taking time to reflect on their relationship with God and with others. Each day ended with Mass in the beautiful relic chapel where students led readings and bidding prayers.

In the summer term all Year 7 and Year 9 students attended a day retreat to Aylesford Priory in Kent. Each day had a spiritual focus and was led by the St Vincent’s, our Diocesan retreat team. Students engaged in group activities whilst taking time to reflect on their relationship with God and with others. Each day ended with Mass in the beautiful relic chapel where students led readings and bidding prayers.

Retreats

 

Rome Trip:

On 30th April 2019 35 yr8 and yr9 students undertook a pilgrimage to Rome organised by Mrs. Watson and the RE department.

The students had the opportunity to enjoy a packed and varied itinerary which mixed devotional visits to the Holy sites of the Vatican and Rome’s amazing Churches, with all the great historical landmarks and cultural experiences which this incredible ancient city has to offer.

We flew into Rome and visited the Pope’s summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, built on the edge of a huge volcanic lake, before checking into our city centre Hotel: a residence run by catholic Nuns especially for pilgrims.

The following 3 days were a whirl of activity, experiences and memories. We spent time at amazing ancient monuments like The Coliseum, and the ancient Christian catacombs. We visited the Vatican and toured St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as other beautiful Churches such as the ancient Pantheon, and Santa Maria Maggiore, taking in 2 of Michaelangelo’s finest sculptures on the way.

There was also time to experience the beauty and culture of the city: we saw the Trevi fountain, where students could toss their coin in and make a wish, Piazza Navona and the famous Spanish steps. And there was also time for some shopping.

The students conducted themselves in an exemplary fashion and were very respectful and appreciative . The Rome pilgrimage is a regular feature of the Bonus Pastor enrichment calendar and continues to go from strength to strength

Rome

Subject Documents Date  
KS3 RE Overview 22nd Jun 2020 Download
GCSE RE Overview 22nd Jun 2020 Download

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