Religious Education

“In working with young people, do not try to call them back to where they were, and do not call them to where you are, as beautiful as that place may seem to you.  You must have the courage to go to a place neither you nor they have been before.” – Vincent J. Donovan, Christianity Rediscovered

KS3 Curriculum:

The key stage 3 curriculum meets the requirements of the “Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic School’s and Colleges in England and Wales.”

Students study Catholic Christianity as the primary religion alongside a study of Islam as the 2nd religion.

Examples of areas studied would include Creation, Social justice and Islamic Teaching and Practices.

KS4 Curriculum:

At GCSE (Year 9 to Year 11) our student’s follow the Edexcel exam specification that meets the directive issued by the Rt. Rev Seamus Cunningham Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle (November 2015.)

As such students study the following:

A study of Catholic Christianity as the primary religion:

  • A 50% study of Catholic Christianity, covering all four topics: –
  • Beliefs and Teachings – Practices – Sources of Wisdom and Authority – Forms of Expression and Ways of Life;
  • A 25% Study of Ethics and Philosophy.

A study of Judaism as the second religion.

The KS4 curriculum also meets the requirements of the “Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic School’s and Colleges in England and Wales.”

KS5 Curriculum:

All students study General RE in line with Diocesan Requirements. (NOCN)

At A-Level students study the extremely popular Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion course (OCR exam board)

Examples of areas studied would include Plato and Aristotle, Natural Law and Situation Ethics.

Staffing:

Mr A Merchant – Curriculum Leader of RE / Catholic Life of the School

Mrs F Anderson – Assistant Curriculum Leader

Mrs C Bond – part-time

Mrs G Borwick – Head of Year KS5

Miss E Fairlamb

Mr M Henderson – Deputy Headteacher

Mrs J McMillan – Assistant Curriculum Leader

Mr L Milne – Assistant Curriculum Leader (acting)

Mrs C Nelson – part-time

Miss P Ronan – Assistant Headteacher

Mrs A Robson – Teaching Assistant