Religious Studies

The Religious Studies department aims to give students a platform to explore, discover and question what it means to live in a community; to question areas of Philosophy and Ethics and to understand what it means to be human.

See the Religious Studies Learning Journey

Key staff

Mrs H Jones  Head of Department
Mr Lee Lead PSHE co-ordinator/Teacher of Religious Studies
Mrs R Bird Teacher of Religious Studies & PSHE
Mrs R Loxton Teacher of Religious Studies & PSHE
Mr W Whitehouse Teacher of Religious Studies


We are a strong passionate department whose mission is to create well-rounded citizens. Pupils are exposed to all six world religions and learn about their traditions, history and practices. Pupils then apply these theological based concepts to the ‘real world’ exploring what they themselves believe and what other people do and why. This will be a journey of self-exploration. especially when we also investigate philosophical  and ethical concepts and learn to question everything around them. As a department we feel pupils need to learn not to take things at face value in the modern world and learn how to be critical. These skills will enable them to be successful in the world of public service relations, business, leadership, and generally adding value to society. We foster an atmosphere of tolerance, respect and compassion within our classrooms to enable all pupils to voice their opinions in a non-discriminative fashion.

Within all key-stages we focus on academic tier three language, making sure they can articulate their knowledge and opinions in the way a philosopher or theologian would.  We use knowledge-organisers to enable pupils to become independent life-long learners. with the emphasis on quizzing and creating revision materials for homework. The main skill set is recalling keywords and questions, explaining teachings and viewpoints and finally critically evaluating points of view. These skills are embedded within lessons and assessments to make sure no child is left behind and all are suitably stretched and challenged.

View the Religious Studies Curriculum Map

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Pupils embark on a journey that starts by looking at what religion is and how it was formed. Then, looking at creation and how the stories of the Abrahamic religions developed through time to created Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Key concepts such as ‘What makes a good leader’ and ‘How is religion based on love’.

Download Year 7 Curriculum Plan

Year 8

Pupils explore Eastern religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Ethical themes such as life after death and suffering are covered to give an overarching balance between theology and ethical approaches to life. Humanism is also covered by exploring how happiness and atheism can also be the basis for a moral life.

Download Year 8 Curriculum Plan

Year 9

In Year Nine pupils start the year by exploring philosophical thinkers such as Plato and Socrates, examine what ‘is real/truth’ and look at the Marxist view of religion. Themes such as social injustice, the value of life and war are explored, building on themes from Year seven and eight. There is also a unit exploring how denominations or differences within religions have been formed to aid contextualising the GCSE unit.

Download Year 9 Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 4


AQA Religious Studies A is studied at GCSE. The two religions that are studied are Sikhism and Christianity (paper 1). These religions are then applied to themes such as relationships, crime, life and then a philosophical unit on the existence of God (paper 2). This is studied over two years and is examined by 2 exams sat normally around May time. Each paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes long.  The key skills examined are recalling, explaining and critically evaluating.

What will I learn?

  • Christianity beliefs and practices
  • Sikhism beliefs and practices
  • Existence of God
  • Relationships and families (gender discrimination, sexuality, families and relationships)
  • Religion and Life (Euthanasia, abortion, animal rights etc)
  • Crime and Punishment. (Death penalty, types and causes of crimes and the aims of punishment)

Download Year 10 Curriculum Plan

Download Year 11 Curriculum Plan


Paper 1- Christianity and Sikhism

1 hour and 45 minute paper. 4 big questions that are made up by 5 smaller questions ranging from a 1 mark multiple choice to a 12 mark essay question.

Paper 2- Themes (Philosophy and Ethics)

1 hour and 45 minute paper. 4 big questions that are made up by 5 smaller questions ranging from a 1 mark multiple choice to a 12 mark essay question.

What skills will I learn?

  • Debate
  • Understanding
  • Tolerance
  • Open-minded
  • Well-rounded citizen
  • Self- confidence
  • General knowledge of the world past and present.

Why should I study it?

It will enable you to explore two religions in detail that make up our local area.

You have studied the exam format in Key Stage Three, so there will be no surprises with expectations.

Yr7-9 contextualises this GCSE, so it should be a smooth transition.

It goes really well with A-levels and GCSE’s around public services, sociology and psychology.

When you put it on your CV it will show you are empathic, open-minded, tolerant and have a knowledge of the world.

What are my post 16 options?

  • Sociology
  • History
  • Phycology
  • Politics
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Health and Social
  • Uniform Services
  • Criminology
  • Any college course that involves working with people.


PSHE is also covered through the curriculum, and delivered by specialist teachers. Students consider a range of areas including; Healthy lifestyles, Sex and relationship education, Social awareness and decision making and risk management. Through this, students are able to explore a variety of topics that affect both themselves and others and come to conclusions as to how they can stay safe and be healthy.

Safeguarding is especially important in these lessons and students are made clear of the confidentiality policy whilst at the same time being made to feel comfortable in their learning environment. Staff have training within department meetings and collaborative planning times to ensure all students are able to access and learn from the PSHE programme.

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