Religious and Values Education

Why study RE?

“Religion and belief have become more visible in public life locally, nationally and internationally. The rapid pace of development in scientific and medical technologies and the environmental debate continue to present new issues which raise religious, moral and social questions. This is the context in which children and young people are growing up” DCSF, 2009

In Religious and Values Education (RAVE) we aim to encourage students to develop accurate knowledge and understanding of the six main faith traditions of the UK, whilst exploring a range of social and moral issues. In RAVE, we do not promote any particular set of beliefs or values and students of all faiths and none enjoy lessons and achieve well. The subject fosters tolerance and respect for difference in our students, a willingness to listen to views which differ from their own and the ability to think critically and develop their own, well informed views on issues relevant to modern life.

All students are offered lessons throughout Years 7-11 and sit their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 10. Our Sixth Form students may go on to study the subject at A level. A programme of conferences including meeting with a Holocaust Survivor and a workshop on Human Rights with a speaker from Amnesty International is offered to all of our Year 12 and 13 students.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

KS3 Knowledge Organisers

Year 7

Year 8

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Religious Studies GCSE Curriculum Statement

Students embark on their GCSE Religious Studies course at the start of Year 9 and sit the final examinations in the summer of Year 10.

We follow the AQA GCSE in Religious Studies Specification A (non-textual studies) route.  This involves a study of the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and Islam and a study of religious and secular perspectives on issues related to the following themes:

  • Religion, Peace and Conflict
  • Relationships and Families
  • Religion, Crime and Punishment
  • Religion and Life.

The full specification can be found via the link below:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062

All students are provided free of charge with an in-house Course Guide for each unit of the course, containing essential subject knowledge, examination advice and practice questions for all topics.