Religious Education

Mr D Legrand
Head of Department
Mrs K Hibbins-Durkin
2nd in Department
Mr J Roberts
Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator
Mr O Bruynseels
Teacher of RE/Deputy Headteacher
Mr J Hicks
Teacher of RE/Asst Head of Year 8
Miss C Limpin
Teacher of RE
Fr K O'Donnell
Teacher of RE/Chaplain 6th Form College
Fr M Villani
Teacher of RE/Chaplain Lower School

Key Stage 3 RE

Students study RE for 5 lessons per fortnight during Key Stage 3. The study of religion is invaluable as most people in the world choose to live their life by a religious code. Understanding the spiritual, moral and ethical perspectives and traditions of others encourages tolerance and peace.

In accordance with the Catholic Curriculum Directory, students study a range of topics in Years 7-9. They follow a programme of studying a unit per half term, which are: History, Beliefs, Practices, Ethics, Relationships, World Faiths. These topics are built upon in each year as students progress up the school. For example, in history students will study the significant figures of the Old Testament in Year 7, the world at the time of Jesus in Year 8, and the life of the Church from Pentecost to the modern world in Year 9.

Students undertake a variety of activities including independent research, projects, group presentations, silent reflection and the use of ICT.

Extra-curricular opportunities include: Trips to places of worship, cinemas, and exhibitions. Students can join the youth club and Taize, and our Chaplaincy team provides multiple opportunities for prayer and worship.

Key Stage 4 RE

RE is a core subject at GCSE. Students study RE for 6 lessons per fortnight during Key Stage 4. They build on all they have learned at Key Stage 3 through their study of:

  • Catholic Christianity: Creation, Incarnation, Trinity, Redemption, Kingdom of God, and Eschatology.
  • Religion, Peace, and Conflict.
  • Religion, Marriage, and the Family
  • Judaism: Beliefs and Practices.

We follow the AQA B Specification. The course is assessed entirely through examination. 

Extra-curricular opportunities: Students have the opportunity to join in a variety of initiatives in raising money for the Don Bosco Ashalayam, Palestinian Christians, Lourdes, and others. They can also take part in retreats and volunteering.

For more information, see the current GCSE Option Booklet.

Progression opportunities

You can continue to study RE in the Sixth Form, either through courses like Philosophy and Ethics A Level or by taking the Extended Project Qualification and independently studying an issue relating to ethics, morals, faith or spirituality. You can find out more on our Sixth Form College pages.