The distinctive character of St.Marys school is found in its striving to be a faith community which adhere’s to and communicates a Catholic vision of life.
The RE Department at St Marys’s is committed to serving the needs of students both from the Catholic and other faith traditions as part of the mission of the church so that they may become religiously literate young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and ability – to think spiritually ethically and theologically and be aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life. In so doing we aim to put the mission statement of our catholic school at the heart of everything we do.
In order to achieve this the department aims to
- Enable students to reflect critically on the ultimate questions of life;
- Develop the skills required to engage in the critical examination of and reflection upon religious belief and practice in our culture;
- Enable each student to explore and to respect the different faith traditions within society;
- Enable each student to develop and be able to articulate their own faith positions;
- Enable each student to appreciate the relationship between religious belief, personal faith and lived experience;
- Enable each student to develop the skills and attitudes to respond to the opportunities responsibilities and experiences of life.
The department is situated next to the chapel in a suite of 4 specialist rooms each with interactive technology and a wealth of resources to support teaching and learning.
The department is made up of an excellent team of 4 full time and 4 part time hardworking teachers who are all committed to providing an excellent experience to all students. Religious Education is taught to all students in the school from Years 7 to 13.
At KS3 we follow a course developed on the basis of the Curriculum Directory which incorporates education in personal relationships, for which the department has specific responsibility and has been praised by HMI. The students are organised into mixed ability classes within two broad bands.
At KS4 we follow the Edexcel specification in Catholic Christianity, units 3 and 10, with Y11 and the new Eduqas Catholic Christianity course with Y10. All students are entered for these qualifications.
At KS5 we offer students the opportunity to study the full ‘A’ level in Religious Studies. Y13 currently study the OCR specification in which we focus on the Ethical and Philosophical modules and Y12 study the new Eduqas course in Philosophy, Ethics and Christian Theology. We also offer students, particularly those wishing to pursue the study of Medicine and Law at university, the opportunity to study the AS qualification in Religious Studies over 2 years.
For those students who do not take either of these options we provide a Core R.E. course studying a variety of topical issues in relation to spirituality, theology and ethics.