Religious Studies

Subject Leader – Miss P Shanahan


Religious Studies is a fantastic subject that helps students to develop social, moral spiritual and cultural understanding and promote respect and tolerance of all religions. It also helps to shape spiritual and moral decisions and develop their own attitudes to the world in which we live.

Key Stage 3

Through year 7 and 8 students will study the main beliefs and teachings of 6 religions:

Year 7:

  • Hinduism
  • Christianity
  • Sikhism
  • Religious festivals

Year 8:

  • Judaism
  • Buddhism
  • Islam
  • Ethics and religion


We have chosen WJEC EDUQAS GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies route A. Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas. All these skills will help prepare them for further study.

Year 9:


Students will study Christianity in depth focusing on two main topics:

  • Beliefs and teachings
  • practices

Year 10:


Students will study Islam in depth focusing on two main topics:

  • Beliefs and teachings
  • practices

Year 11:


Students will study religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world focusing on four main topics:

  • Issues of relationships
  • Issues of life and death
  • Issues of good an evil
  • Issues of human rights


As part of the humanities department, there are wide ranging opportunities to take part in many trips such as PGL at Caythorpe, the Peak District as well as York Dungeons. We incorporate a number of trips within our curriculum in order to further develop students’ understanding and love of Humanities.