Religious Education

Staffing of the department

Ms Cascioli - Head of Department
Mr Hyam - RE Teacher
Ms Cushnahan - RE Teacher
Mrs Durrant - Deputy Head
Mr Fernando - Assistant Head

Educational philosophy/Aims of the curriculum

At St Ursula’s Religious Education is “the core of the curriculum". As a Catholic School it is our mission to educate the whole person since "Religious Education” is concerned not only with intellectual knowledge but also includes emotional and affective learning. Through RE lessons students come to a deeper knowledge, understanding and love of the Word of God as revealed in Scriptures and the teaching of the Church.

The Department aims to ensure all students are extended and challenged to learn about, and learn from, Catholic Christianity through lively and thorough analysis of Christian lifestyle and behaviour. Students are given the opportunity to reflect on their own lives, beliefs and key moral dilemmas in society. Without religious education, pupils would be deprived of an essential element of their formation and personal development, which helps them attain a vital harmony between faith and culture."

Our aim is to support our students to be religiously literate young people able to engage in a modern multi-cultural society where issues of religious understanding and tolerance are more important than ever.

KS4 curriculum

As a Catholic School, RE GCSE is compulsory for all students. We currently follow AQA’s Religious Studies Specification A, units 5 Mark’s Gospel and 2 Moral Issues. It is a challenging course and one in which students perform well with 96% attaining A*-C and 55% A*-A.

The specification at KS4 conform to the requirements laid down by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

KS4 Programme of study

The modules studied in Unit 5 Mark’s Gospel include:

  • Background
  • The Ministry of Jesus
  • The Person of Jesus
  • Suffering, death & resurrection
  • Jesus' Relationship with others
  • Discipleship and the Kingdom of God

The modules studied in Unit 2 Christian Ethics include:

  • The right to life
  • The use of Medical technology
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Social Responsibility
  • Conflict
  • Global issues

Exams overview

The RE GCSE is assessed by 2 exams – one on Mark’s Gospel and one on Moral Issues both of which will be sat in the Summer Term of Year 11. Each paper is 1 hour 30 minutes and each paper is worth 50% of the GCSE.

New government reforms meant that the GCSE curriculum for pupils first sitting their exam in 2017 will have to cover at least two religions or faiths. The proposed format will be as follows: TBC

Links to useful sites for KS4 students, parents and members of the public