Religious Education

As a non-faith school, we teach and deliver lessons about all the major world faiths, including Atheism. At GCSE level, this does become specialist in the study of Christianity and Islam only. Lessons are taught thematically through various different themes; including: Food laws, Rights and Responsibilities, Jerusalem, plus Sex and Relationships education. Resources are regularly updated on the VLE with interesting Links and articles, including supporting reading and film lists.


Years 7 and 8 have a one hour RE lesson once per fortnight. No home learning is set for Key Stage 3 RE. Students are taught thematically about all major world religions, including Atheism. We use a range of different teaching activities and have religious artifacts and holy books for use in lessons. Students practice and develop a variety of skills in preparation for Key Stage 4; including: subject knowledge and understanding about and from religion, opportunity for class discussion, debates and extended writing.


Religious holy books/sacred texts – All Years

Year 7

Year 8


All students are taught a Full GCSE course in RE over three years. Lessons increase to one hour each week for Years 9, 10 and 11. There is an in-depth comparative study of two world religions – Christianity and Islam. Students are also taught four different themes from Christian and Muslim perspectives. These are: Relationships and families, Religion and life, The existence of God and Religion, crime and punishment. Students are actively encouraged to form and express their own opinions regarding these often controversial issues via class debates and exam practice questions.


Year 9 & 10

Year 11


The 25 best LGBT novels of all time

These works of literature can – and should – be read by anyone at any time but are especially relevant to the Year 10 Theme A: Relationships and families.

1. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
3. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
4. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
5. Maurice by E.M. Forster
6. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
7. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
8. Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
9. Zami by Audre Lorde
10. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
11. The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
12. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
13. City of Night by John Rechy
14. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
15. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
16. A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White
17. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
18. Fun Home by Allison Bechdel
19. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
20. Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
21. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
22. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
23. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
24. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
25. Faggots by Larry Kramer

USEFUL WEBSITES (resources exploring the Christian faith, from Jesus to life as a Christian in the 21st century). (BBC’s archive of articles about all aspects of religion) (the huge subject of philosophy broken down into manageable chunks) (philosophical concepts explained in film form) (short films for all ages and abilities about philosophy ethics and religion) (flashcard revision materials) (a searchable database of everything to do with philosophy, ethics and religion) (a searchable online Bible) (how to revise and revision film clips for BOTH GCSE and A-level) (study resources for both GCSE and A-level as well as advice on revising, HE, FE and life) (Open University 60 second adventures in religion and thought) (Open University exploring religion in London) (international Catholic News Weekly) (blogs, film clips, articles on different topics and themes relevant to both GCSE and A-level) (ready-made revision quizzes for GCSE) (debates and discussions with young people of faith) (Big Questions debate - some questions match GCSE ethics topic areas) (watch and listen to Olly explain philosophy and the theist responses to ethical issues) (philosophical thinking shown through questioning and debating) (explaining religious perspectives on moral issues)

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