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Religious Studies

At St Edward’s Church of England Academy we offer a high quality religious education, not only to fulfil the statutory requirements for all schools in the UK but to be at the heart of building a vibrant community of rigourous thinkers and spiritual mature individuals.

“At the heart of RE in church schools is the teaching of Christianity, rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ. There is a clear expectation that as inclusive communities, church schools encourage learning about other religions and world views fostering respect for them.” *

 The aims of Religious Studies in Church schools are:

  • To enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as the religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage.
  • To enable pupils to know and understand about other major world religions and world views, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling pupils to express ideas and insights.
  • To contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values. *



At KS3 we explore various themes such as Relationships, Science and Religion, Evil and Suffering, Equality and Human Rights and Religion in Britain. We also study the Old Testament, Jesus and the Gospels, Hinduism and Judaism.

Pupils are stretched and challenged to engage and explore the issues raised in these topics such as: How does culture and religion interact and the problem of Evil?


All pupils do the full RS GCSE and we follow the AQA Specification A.

We study Christianity and Islam through their beliefs and practices.

The 4 themes we cover are: Relationships, Life, Existence of God and Revelation and Crime and Punishment.

We chose to study Islam as the second religion because it is the most relevant to the background and daily experiences of our pupils. It is taught in an academic way and various denominations and viewpoints are explored.

Pupils develop skills of explaining how beliefs impact on the lives of believers, to explain different practices and ethical concerns within denominations of the same religion and to evaluate and justify the reasons and evidence for their views and beliefs.


We study OCR A ‘level and it is a very popular subject in our Sixth Form. It is divided into 3 strands:



Development in Christian Thought (Theology)

It is a demanding and stretching course, but a thoroughly enjoyable one. A sample of what we study includes the nature of reality, the existence of God and the nature of humanity.

Worship and Religious Studies

As a Church of England school we want every child to flourish in a Christian environment and as part of this we have regular acts of worship in assemblies, form time and services linked to the church calendar.

While religious studies aims to contribute to the ethos of the school and to develop the whole pupil including the spiritual; religious studies is separate from acts of worship and is primarily an academic discipline.

Religious Studies and Careers

All learning is beneficial in developing the individual, but many parents are concerned with how subjects link to helping their children find a career.

Like all humanities subjects, Religious Studies help pupils to develop skills to explain, evaluate, critically inquire, communicate concepts and how to research. These are all transferable skills that employers seek after.

Specifically the knowledge gained in RS will help pupils navigate their way in the modern world in how they communicate with others, in understanding the complexities of a  multi-cultural society and in the ethical dilemmas they will have to think about in their careers, such as in medicine or business.