Religious Education

Staffing of the department

Ms Cushnahan – Head of Department / Associate Assistant Head
Ms Sadler – Teacher of RE
Mr Emuze – Teacher of RE
Ms O’Donnell – Teacher of RE

Since God has loved us so much, we too should love one another

John 1:4

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 will develop a deeper knowledge, understanding and love of the Word of God as revealed in Scriptures and the teaching of the Church.

Religious Education is important because it provides a particular set of materials through which pupils come to understand important concepts about the world and themselves. The subject covers ideas and practices which have shaped and continue to shape our society. It is the study of sacred texts, practices, literature, stories and art which bind different religious communities together. 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 women, able to engage in a modern multicultural society where issues of religious understanding and tolerance are more important than ever.

Click here for the Catholic Education Service’s Religious Education Curriculum Directory

Ursuline Core Values

As Ursulines we continue the approach to ministry which draws its life and vision from St Angela’s spirit and philosophy. Inspired by the call of the same Gospel, and challenged by the needs of our time, we, like Angela, ground our mission in the following core values:

  • Spiritual formation and faith development
  • Respect for the uniqueness of the individual
  • Development of the whole person
  • Development of a nurturing community spirit
  • Commitment to peace-making
  • Serviam (I will serve) as a lived reality
  • Development of leadership skills for every individual

A hallmark of an Ursuline school is academic excellence and a shared vision and profile.

KS4 curriculum

As a Catholic School, GCSE RE is compulsory for all our students. We currently study the newly developed AQA Spec B which consists of written exams in two papers:

Paper 1 – Catholic Christianity; this will make up 50% of their overall GCSE grade.

Paper 2 – Perspectives on Faith -Judaism and Ethical Themes; both elements total 25% each and will make up the remaining 50% of their overall GCSE grade.

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

The course has no coursework and therefore two exams will be set at the end of the two year course. These exams are un-tiered so all students will sit the same exam.  From August 2018 the results will be of numerical grading from 9-1. More information can be found by following this link:

Outlined below are the topics that will be studied throughout year 10 and year 11 in preparation for the end of year GCSE examination.

Year 10 Year 11
Creation Church and the Kingdom of God
Incarnation Redemption
Triune God Eschatology
Theme A Theme C

Links to useful sites for KS3 students, parents and members of the public

BBC Bitesize: resources on Judaism – CAFOD