Religious Education


Religious Education is at the heart of the curriculum.

The department consists of six specialist teachers and is supported by teachers from other subject areas. Our aim is to develop, enable and enhance student's religious literacy. To provide opportunities for students to become engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to their age and capacity, who reflect spiritually and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life. 

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

In KS3 we build a foundation for students in the belief and morals that are uniquely found in the Christian faith. As a Catholic school, we recognise that it is vital that students are given the knowledge and understanding of the teachings of the Church and scriptures. Therefore the curriculum is planned in accordance with the Curriculum Directory provided by the Bishop's Conference and the Diocese. We recognise the importance of community cohesion and the religious education curriculum includes a study of Sikhism, Islam and Judaism. This encourages students to become aware of how people of other faiths respond to the spiritual dimension of life.

Key Stage 4

All students at JFK follow the Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies (A) specification

Area of Study 1 - Catholic Christianity

There are four sections:

  • Beliefs and Teachings
  • Practices
  • Sources of Wisdom and Authority
  • Forms of Expression and Ways of Life

Area of Study 2 - Judaism:

Students will be expected to study Judaism within the context of the wider British society, the religious traditions of which are, in the main, Christian.

There are two sections:

  • Beliefs and Teachings
  • Practices

Area of Study 3 - Catholic Christianity

There are two sections:

  • Arguments for the Existence of God
  • Religious Teachings on Relationships and Families in the 21st Century

Key Stage 5

All students at Key Stage 5 follow core RE courses to continue their development of religious literacy (Year 12 - Level 2 & Year 13 - Level 3). The courses are accredited by the National Open College Network (NOCN). Our delivery of this course has been recognised as a model of good practice by NOCN and has since been shared with a number of schools across the Diocese and the country.

A Level Religious Studies is a consistently popular subject; students follow the Edexcel Religious Studies A Level course, taking options in Religious Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and New Testament Studies. Students enjoy the opportunity to debate ethical theories while also learning how to analyse an argument and identify its strengths and weaknesses. A recent student commented: "I really enjoy A Level RS; its totally different from GCSE RE and you learn lots of interesting things which you can use in everyday life such as ethics. At times some of the work is hard to get your head around as it really gets you thinking about things; but that's what I like about it. It introduces you to lots of new things and theories which you may never have thought about".