Welcome to Religious Education
Please find our VCOP (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openings, Punctuation) Placemat below, as a handy reference guide:
Religious Education is at the Core of our School – As a Catholic School we believe that Christ is at the centre of all that we do. Religious Education gives us the opportunity to explore this specifically. We follow Diocesan requirements and teach according to the Bishop’s Directory for Religious Education. The Department consists of seven specialist Catholic RE teachers with many years experience between them.
We aim to develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity, along with other religions in our society. The subject focuses on Ethical and Philosophical approaches to life and develops skills of analysis, discernment and evaluation. Through this we encourage students to think deeply and develop their faith and their personal response to important life issues.
What We Teach
At Key Stage 3:
We follow a Scheme of Work that we have developed in house with guidance from the Diocese. The Scheme ensures that the content and assessment requirements of Middlesbrough Diocese are met and that the Catholic Curriculum Directory is fully covered.
At Key Stage 4:
All students study RE to GCSE level. We follow the new Eduqas Religious Studies GSCE (Route B – Catholic Christianity with Judaism).
At Key Stage 5:
All students take an Enrichment RE course for one hour a week. This is a non-exam course which allows students to discuss and debate various ethical, philosophical and religious issues to enhance their studies. We also offer A Level courses in Religious Studies (OCR – Philosophy, Ethics and Christian Theology) and Philosophy (AQA).
From Our Most Recent Departmental Inspection
Standards in RE are outstanding, as is the quality of teaching and learning. Pupils demonstrate a genuine enjoyment in RE and many regard it as one of their most important subjects. This is demonstrated through excellent behaviour for learning and a mutual respect for their teachers and peers. Positive relationships in the classroom between pupils and teachers and amongst the pupils foster a climate of high achievement where the vast majority of pupils are working at or above their expected level.