Religious Education


Mrs C Ashcroft - Deputy Head and subject leader for RE

Mrs H Hampshire - Teacher for Religious Education

Dr P Williams - Headteacher  


Religious education is an exciting subject, full of variety and human interest. You will learn about people from all kinds of backgrounds and cultures, exploring the different ways in which people live their lives. Perhaps one of the best things about RE is learning about yourself. We analyse the different opinions that people have about modern-day issues such as animal rights, punishment and poverty. You will be encouraged to think about how you feel about issues that may one day affect you, your friends or family. You will be encouraged to think about big questions, especially to do with Faith.
In all years, students have one hour of religious education per week.

It is an exciting time for GCSE Religious Studies as we await the new specification details and embark on a new course.

The Course

Year 7

We start the year by looking at Philosophy of Religion and ask the question ‘Does God Exist?’. We then go on to explore the Bible stories of the Old Testament, and find out what types of books may be found there. As an introduction to Christianity, we study the person of Jesus, the Incarnation, and consider the impact of the Christmas and Easter stories on Christian belief. This is revisited as part of GCSE studies in Year 9. Pupils have the opportunity to visit local places of worship including Cartmel Priory Church, The Cartmel Quaker Meeting House and Cartmel Methodist Church.

Year 8

Year 8 is a year of world religions. We begin Year 8 with a study of the  Islamic faith and what it means to be a Muslim. Leading up to Easter, we explore the miracles of Jesus, finishing with the ‘final'miracle, the Resurrection. Pupils will compare the Christian view on Life After Death with that of other religions.  Students finish the year with a visit to the Buddhist Temple in Ulverston and a study of what Buddhists believe and how they live their lives. Pupils enjoy making their own Wheel of Life.

Year 9

In year 9 students begin to study Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies (see below).

Key Stage 4 - GCSE

Students in years 10 and 11 study the AQA full GCSE specification in religious studies. Over the three years they complete a minimum of 4 morality topics and 4 philosophy or Life topics. At the end of the course they will sit two papers and must answer 4 questions on each paper.

The GCSE course encourages students to consider different views (including different Christian views, those of other faiths and those who are non-believers) on important ethical, moral, philosophical and topical issues.

Topics covered include:

  • Crime and Punishment
  • Medical Ethics
  • The Elderly and Death 
  • Rich and Poor 
  • Attitudes to drugs
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Planet Earth  
  • Animal Rights
  • Early Life
  • Science and Religion
  • The existence of God
  • Evil and Suffering
  • Immortality

From September 2015 GCSE students in Year 9 upwards will be following a new Edexcel GCSE course in Religious Studies. They will need to study 2 religions in depth so will look at Christianity and Islam. Pupils will study specific philosophical, ethical and religious themes across 2 examination papers. These will be similar to the topics outlined above.