Religious Education is taught throughout the whole school, across all key stages. We adhere to the Religious Education Curriculum Directory, as set out by the Bishops of England and Wales. The charism of Mary Ward and Ignatian spirituality is actively promoted as part of the formation of students, teachers and parents. The Religious Education Department puts into practice the lessons learnt in class through the life and liturgy of the school and our work in the wider community. Mass is celebrated on Fridays, Holy Days and other significant occasions in the school year. We also encourage the whole school to raise money for their chosen charity during lent and we organise hampers for the less fortunate at Christmas. We have links with many local charities and CAFOD.

Each Year Group has a day retreat, and we try to take all Year 9 students to visit the local synagogue as part of their study of World Religions. There is also the annual Key Stage 4 pilgrimage where the girls get the opportunity to travel abroad and visit a place of religious significance. The Sixth Form are given the opportunity to go to Lourdes as Red Cap helpers and to visit Auschwitz as part of their A level in Religious Studies. Sixth Formers can also take part in our Catechetics course where they learn to pass on their faith to younger children and experience teaching children at primary schools.


Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 we follow ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’ programme:

• Revelation and Faith
• God’s Promises Fulfilled
• The Saviour
• The Church
• The Sacraments
• Christianity and Other Faiths

• Creation
• Covenant
• The Mass
• The Easter Mystery
• The Mission of the Church
• The Church of Britain

• The Spiritual Quest covering other world religions and being a Christian today – issues of racism, poverty, homelessness.
• Life in the Spirit looks at the Sacrament of Confirmation
• Judaism – Beliefs and Teachings. Pupils begin their GCSE course.

Homework in KS3 should take 30 – 45 minutes per week to complete, and may take the form of written work, research, investigations and presentations.

Useful websites which support the KS3 RE course include:


Key Stage 4

Religious Education is compulsory for all at GCSE Level.

Pupils are studying the AQA Specification B Religious Studies (8063).  This includes:

Component 1: Catholic Christianity

Catholic beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression in relation to six topics:

  • Creation
  • Incarnation
  • The Triune God
  • Redemption
  • Church
  • Eschatology

At the end of Year 11 students sit a written exam on these topics.  It lasts 1 hour 45 minutes.  This accounts for half of the final marks.


Component 2: Perspectives on Faith

A study of Judaism and two textual studies themes:

Theme A: Religion, relationships and families (Year 10 onwards)

Theme C: Religion, human rights and social justice (Year 10 onwards)

Theme D: St Mark’s Gospel – the life of Jesus (Year 11 only)

Theme E: St Mark’s Gospel as a source of spiritual truth (Year 11 only)

At the end of Year 11 students sit a written exam on these topics.  It lasts 1 hour 45 minutes.  This accounts for half of the final marks.



In key Stage 4, pupils will spend about 45-75 minutes per week on homework, depending on the topic.  Homework may take the form of research, planning, revision and exam preparation exercises.


Useful websites for KS4 students:


Key Stage 5

All students study General RE in the Sixth Form, and some also follow the A-level course.

Y12 students follow the A-level RE specification code 9RS0 (EDEXCEL). 


There are three areas of study:

  1. Philosophical issues

– Nature & Influence of religious experience

– Problem of evil and suffering

– Language

– Philosophers

– Influences and developments

– Significant concepts in issues and debates


  1. Religion and ethics

– Utilitarianism, situation ethics and natural moral law

– War & Peace and Sexual Ethics

– Ethical Language

– Ethical Theory (including comparison of 2 scholars)

– Medical ethics


  1. Contexts of the New Testament

– Texts and Interpretation of the Person of Jesus

– Interpreting the text and the purpose and authorship of the 4th Gospel

– Ways of interpreting scripture

– Texts and interpretation

– Scientific and historical challenges in faith and history


In Years 12 & 13, students can expect to spend approximately 3 -4 hours per week doing exam practice essays, research, and revision.

Useful websites for Sixth Form students:

(Crash course Philosophy YouTube)


Prefects, Eucharistic Ministers and Catechists

The input from the Sixth Form RE Prefects is truly exceptional as they are involved in a range of whole school activities including liturgies, meeting and greeting our visitors, and assist the RE department on a daily basis and accompany the department on KS3 Retreat days.

There is an open invitation to the Sixth Form to become Eucharistic Ministers and Catechists and to do outreach work. As well as having lessons in school our General RE students are encouraged to live out their faith by visiting sick, elderly, homeless and housebound members of our community.


Page updated January 2019