Members of the Department
C Conlon (Head of Department)
The Religious Education Department is committed to the promotion of the spiritual and moral development of each student in conjunction with the pursuit of academic excellence. There is a close relationship between Religious Education, the School Ethos and the Pastoral Care Programme. The fostering of the student's self-esteem, the development of self-respect and respect for others as well the promotion of rationality, responsibility and compassion is central to the Department's focus.
Religious Education is a compulsory subject at Key Stage 3 and 4 and is a very popular choice at A-Level. RE enjoys a high profile both within and beyond the classroom, for example assemblies, liturgies, retreats, fundraising activities and community outreach projects.
Key Stage 3
The study of Religious Education from Year 8 - 10 includes Biblical Studies, World Religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam), Morality, Relationships and Sex Education.
Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
GCSE Religious Studies (CCEA Specification)
Teaching from September 2009
Students study 2 Modules:
- The Christian Church: A study of the Catholic Church and one Protestant Tradition
- An introduction to Christian Ethics
Key Stage 5 (GCE)
The following information refers to the new specification that started in September 2016
AS Level (Year 13)
Module 1: An Introduction to Luke's Gospel
Students will study why and how the Gospel was written, the religious and political situation in the time of Jesus, key events in the life of Jesus, a ion of miracles /parables and themes of mercy, forgiveness and discipleship. The Students will also explore the relationship between Luke's Gospel and other aspects of human experience such as the importance of Christian outreach to those who are marginalised, the importance of mercy in the life of the believer and the demands of discipleship for today.
Module 2: Philosophy of Religion
Students will consider the challenges to religious belief, such as questions raised by science and atheism; they will the study the arguments for and against the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering for the believer, the validity of belief in miracles and religious experience and its value in in the life of the believer. Students will also explore the relationship between Philosophy of Religion and other aspects of human experience such as the social and cultural impact of atheism, the experience of evil in the world and the link between religion and moral behaviour.
A2 Level (Year 14)
Module 1: Themes in the Synoptic Gospels [Matthew, Mark and Luke]
The person of Jesus in the gospels is a key area of study. Students will focus on the ethical teaching of Jesus and how it challenged the attitudes of his day. Students will compare and examine the Passion and Resurrection narratives and their theological significance. Students will also evaluate the role of leadership within society/faith communities and the problem of suffering and evil as part of the Synoptic Assessment Theme.
Module 2: Themes in the Philosophy of Religion
Students will study the concept of the afterlife, the relationship between religion and morality and some twentieth century movements, including Existentialism and Humanism. As part of the Synoptic Assessment Theme - Faith, Freedom and Atheism students will explore Christian and Atheistic Existentialism and the challenges to religious belief.