The Religious Education department is highly innovative and successful department with an excellent record of accomplishment of outstanding external examinations for both pre and post sixteen study. The department was graded ‘outstanding’ in all categories in the 2015 Diocesan Inspection, which is a reflection of the excellence that all staff in the department consistently demonstrate.  

Staff:

Miss R Flanagan: Associate Assistant Head / Head of Religious Education & Humanities

Mr D Walmsley: Deputy Head Teacher

Mr A Turner: Assistant Head Teacher

Mrs A Ogilvie: Assistant Head Teacher

Mrs J Perry: Head of Sixth Form

Miss A Patten: Second in Department

Miss O Hawkins: Key Stage 4 co-ordinator

Mr M McAllister: Teacher of RE and Geography

Mr B Clark: Teacher of RE

Mr Abakah-Phillips: Teacher of RE (NQT)

Mrs K Cameron: Teacher of RE and Humanities

Mr J Dale: Teacher of PE & RE

Miss E Beadle: School Direct trainee.

Curriculum:

Key Stage 3:
In Years 7, 8 and 9 we teach the ‘People of God’ scheme of work which has been approved by the Diocese. Students have the opportunity to explore what it means to belong to the Catholic faith, as well as learn about other world religions. This course helps prepare students for a challenging GCSE specification for both knowledge of the content and assessment objectives.

Key Stage 4:
In September 2016, Year 10 began the study of the new AQA Religious Studies course. Students are taught an in depth study of Catholic Christianity, as well as focusing on Judaism as a second religion. There is also an opportunity to consider contemporary issues / views in the Thematic Studies section of the syllabus. Students will sit the first external examinations for this course in May 2018.

Key Stage 5:
In September 2016, Year 12 began the study of the new AQA Religious Studies A Level which covers Philosophy, Ethics and Christianity. The Christianity paper involves a comprehensive study of the faith, as well as developing synoptic skills to successfully address the ‘Dialogues’ section of the paper. Students will sit the first external examinations for this course in June 2018.

Core RE

Core Religious Education is compulsory for every student in sixth form at St Mary’s College. Year 12 and 13 students follow an engaging syllabus that matches the requirements of the RECD as well as incorporating a range of key practical skills to help students further develop their studies.

RE Trips:

Year 8 students have the opportunity to spend a weeklong retreat in May at the Briars in Crich with Year 10 students visiting for a weekend in January.

Our SM6 trip to New York continues to be very popular and has now been running for many years. 60 students will be visiting New York with us on our annual transatlantic trip in January 2018!