Religious Education

The department believes the objectives of the Qualification and Curriculum are of paramount importance. They are laid out as follows:

Religious Education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It develops students’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions, and other world views that offer answers to these challenging questions. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances students’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

RE encourages students to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges students to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.

RE encourages students to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society and global community. RE has an important role in preparing students for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables students to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables students to combat prejudice.

Department Staff:
The department works under the supervision of Mrs Mary E. Jennings (Head of Department). She has been at the school for over eight years and came with a wealth of experience, not only in teaching. In addition to a varied teaching career she has run her own business and worked in the prison service. This experience has reinforced her belief in the importance of meaning, purpose and belief in our lives.
Mrs Caroline Woodward , Mrs Rebecca Harvey and Mr. Derek Newton also teach R.E.
Department Facilities: The department is housed in newest part of the school, situated across the playground from the main building. It has access to a newly fitted computer suite.

Areas of Study at KS3:
All students in years 7,8 and 9 receive a one hour of Religious Education per week. The first year is concentrated on developing students’ awareness of different religious belief and the impact it has on the lives of individuals and communities. The religions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Sikhism are all included. They are encouraged throughout to discuss and share their own beliefs and values, to research information and to explore issues.

A visit to Lichfield Cathedral is organised in the Autumn Term to share aspects of Christian belief.
In Year 8 the topic is developed further with aspects of Hinduism and Buddhism also forming part of the curriculum. Links are made to topical issues especially relating to expression of belief. Discussion is encouraged throughout.
A visit to a mosque, gurdwara and synagogue is organised.

In Year 9 the students are introduced to Philosophy of Religion where they consider the meaning of faith within topics such as suffering and death. They will also look at important moral issues including human rights, freedom of speech and expression, personal identity. Current events form an important part of our work.
Students take part in the Logon2God forum.

Areas of Study at KS4:
This is our fifth year of the OCR Syllabus ‘B’ examination course. This has proved an exciting and relevant area of study. Students produce two pieces of Coursework, the first in Year 10 on either abortion or euthanasia and the second in Year 11 on Science and Religion. Both pieces of work have strong links with other curriculum areas. The following areas of study are followed:

Philosophy
Ethics
Science and Religion
Religion and Human Relationships
The Nature of Belief
Religion and Medical Ethics
Good and Evil
Religion Peace and Justice
Death and the Afterlife Religion
Poverty and Wealth

There is a unique opportunity to take a Short Course GCSE examination in Year 10.
Visiting speakers are invited into college from relevant organisations including representatives from The Society for The Protection of the Unborn Child, Severn Hospice, the Armed Forces. Visits include Severn Hospice, the Belief Forum, Liverpool Cathedrals and Coventry Cathedral