Religious Education is part of the Social Sciences Faculty. Our aims are to provide opportunities for students to:
- Engage with religious and spiritual beliefs and practices in an open and informed manner.
- Learn about a variety of religions: specifically Christianity, Islam and Sikhism. In particular we focus on beliefs and their applications to real life experiences and decisions.
- Learn from religions by understanding that religions provide insights into how to interpret and respond to life experiences.
- Develop a reflective approach to one’s own experiences and beliefs.
- Understand religion in the context of a variety of world-views.
Accommodation and Resources
Religious Education is taught in 2 specialist rooms. Both rooms have interactive whiteboards. These boards are used to enhance learning by presenting stimulating visual materials and can be used for showing videos and DVDs. They are also used to present a variety of ICT functions and software. The internet can also be accessed. The school library and computer suites can be pre-booked for lessons where pupils require access to a number of computers.
The department is well resourced with textbooks, artefacts, videos and DVDs. We also have an impressive range of Teacher resource packs.
Key Stage 3
Students have one lesson per week of Religious Education in Years 7, 8 and 9. Each lesson lasts 50 minutes. Students are taught in line with the Dudley Agreed Syllabus.
Key Stage 4
Students who opt for GCSE Religious Studies take the full course AQA syllabus A. Christianity and Islam, Ethics and Philosophical themes are the components studied. Each year between 35 and 60 students choose Religious Studies, so there are usually two teaching groups which are mixed ability. Results have been consistently significantly above the national average, although results vary according to the ability level of each cohort.
Key Stage 5
Students who opt for A level Religious Studies study AQA Philosophy and Ethics. These students can continue into A level Religious Studies in Year 13.