As a Catholic school, it is essential that we reaffirm our faith and all that it stands for. Opportunities are provided for our pupils to reflect, underpinned by a knowledge of the sacraments, worship, prayer and practice within the Church.
RE 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 pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions and religious traditions, and other world views that offer answers to these challenging questions. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances awareness of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
To provide KS3 students with knowledge and understanding of the key beliefs and practices of the world religions. They discover the origins of the major world faiths and what it means on an individual level to be a part of that faith. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences and beliefs on both a social and personal level and will develop a variety of skills including discussion skills, thinking skills, empathy and cultural understanding. At Key Stage 3, Year 7 and 8 students follow a scheme of work which is based around the 2012 Curriculum Directory from the Bishops of England and Wales as well as supporting and preparing students with the knowledge and skills for the GCSE Catholic Christianity and Perspectives on Faith paper.
To enable students to focus in depth on the Catholic faith, by looking at beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression within Catholic Christianity. This allows for a theological, philosophical and ethical approach to Catholicism, ensuring students have a variety of contemporary themes to explore and discuss. Students of all abilities will learn how Catholicism plays a fundamental role in society, and develop valuable, transferable skills for further study. To provide students the opportunity to study another religion (Judaism), helping them nurture their values and attitudes towards other faiths.