Religious Education


Mrs C Ashcroft - Deputy Head and Subject Leader for RE

Mrs H Hampshire - Teacher for Religious Education

Departmental Christian Value: Forgiveness


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 as a result of their beliefs. Perhaps one of the best things about RE is learning about yourself, developing dignity and respect. 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 and Spirituality - God’s way of being with us; our way of being with God. We hope that you will be moved to support social action and advocacy, ‘Be the change that you want to see in the world.’

In all years at Key Stage 3, students have one hour of religious education per week. At Key Stage 4, pupils have 3 hours of Religious Studies a fortnight over the two years. At each key stage, this is supplemented by days of reflection: Wonderful World in Y7 which encourages pupils to be good stewards of the world and to see the world with awe and wonder; and African Awareness - Uganda/Rwanda in Y10 which encourages pupils to be advocates for change. Y11 pupils also benefit from extra GCSE weekly booster sessions in Y11 spring and summer terms.

Our Christian value in Religious Education is Forgiveness; perhaps one of the most challenging values but a fundamental part of being a Christian. We look at forgiveness through key people such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his work in South Africa, and through examples of Holocaust and Genocide in World War 2 and in Rwanda. Forgiveness and reconciliation and restorative justice are also discussed as part of crime and punishment work.

Our local clergy are involved in supporting elements of our curriculum, for example Cartmel vicars welcome Y7.

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 9, 10 and 11 study the Edexcel full GCSE specification in Religious Studies (specification B).

They will sit 2 exam papers at the end of Year 11. Each paper is 1 hour 45 minutes.

Pupils will focus on 2 world religions in their studies: Christianity plus either Buddhism or Islam. The main teachings from these religions are also picked up in our collective worship programme. Our charity work in school also supports our work in Religious Studies. As a school we support local, national and international charities and also children’s charities each year, e.g. Aquaid which is run by Christian Aid and St Mary’s Hospice –our local hospice in South Lakes.

Area of Study 1: Religion and Ethics (Christianity) 50%

  • Christian Beliefs
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Living the Christian Life
  • Matters of Life and Death

Area of Study 2: Religion, Peace and Conflict (Islam/ Buddhism) 50%

  • Muslim/ Buddhist Beliefs
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Living the Muslim/ Buddhist Life
  • Peace and Conflict

The area studied will depend upon the teacher’s specialism.

 Photos details Prayer Space work and the Year 8 Visit to the Buddhist Temple, Ulverston