Department Aims

The core intention of the department is to provide varied and enriching lessons to effectively prepare pupils for the real world. Our department aims to promote an awareness of the usefulness of RS to everyday living, to encourage enthusiasm for interest in the study of other people’s beliefs and to promote mutual respect, tolerance and understanding across different cultures.

Britain is now a very diverse society; finding out about the beliefs and lifestyles of all people makes us think about what we believe and reflect on our own choices. This helps us to develop our own ideas and opinions and shapes who we become. Learning to express our own beliefs and listen to the views of others is an important skill and this is something the staff within our department are passionate about ensuring our pupils leave school with.

Programmes Of Study - Religious Studies

Expectations/Approaches/Policies

High standards are expected from pupils at all times in terms of both work and behaviour for learning. A wide variety of teaching and learning methods are implemented in an attempt to stimulate and engage pupils. At times pupils are required to work autonomously, independently and most importantly collaboratively.

Pupils are expected to produce high quality written work in RS and will always be required to present work well with accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG). Pupils correct any SPaG errors during dedicated improvement time (DIT) as this will allow them to develop their literacy skills which they are required to demonstrate at GCSE level.

Homework at GCSE is usually based around revision activities ahead of regular assessment. Pupils will often be given examination-style questions to complete at home and to prepare them for assessment. Homework can be expected at least once a fortnight. All RS homework is clearly displayed on the Google Classroom forum of which parents and guardians can always access.

Marking and Assessment

Please access the link to our current Assessment Policy.

Exams taken

AQA GCSE FULL COURSE Religious Studies A

Both exam papers will be taken at the end of Year 11.

AQA GCSE SHORT COURSE Religious Studies A

1 exam paper will be taken at the end of Year 11

Staff List

Miss S. Rhodes - Curriculum Leader for Religious Studies

Miss H. Partington - Assistant Head Teacher and Teacher of Religious Studies

Mr T. Martin - Teacher of Religious Studies

Miss C. Melia - Teacher of Religious Studies

Extra-curricular activities

After school catch-up and revision classes are available throughout the academic year to ensure all pupils have the opportunity to reach and exceed their target grades with appropriate support in RS.

The whole-school intervention programme is also utilised by the department and pupils who underachieve on assessments or class work are asked to re-take to ensure that areas of misunderstanding and misconceptions are rectified.

The Religious Studies department also has a small team of pupils known as RS Leaders who are tasked with improving learning within the department from a pupil perspective. This role allows pupils to play a key part in the education that they receive and become more involved in the planning and delivery of lessons, the tasks and activities used and the assessments they complete.

Supporting your child

The  RS department values the support and cooperation of parents in ensuring pupils attend school on time and ready to learn, complete classwork and homework to the highest possible standard and in meeting the standards required in the school behaviour policy. All homework is recorded on the Google Classroom.

Revision guides/supporting resources

The following course textbooks are useful in supporting pupils in their learning:

GCSE AQA 1-9 Religious Studies Specification A

GCSE Religious Studies A CGP Revision Guide

In addition to the core literature accompanying the course, there are many fictional texts that relate specifically to many of the issues and subjects discussed during Religious Studies lessons. The list below contains a small sample of the texts pupils might read: