The school has excellent Religious Education facilities and a dedicated R.E. teaching room and full time specialist member of staff. We follow the Kent Agreed Syllabus.
The department uses a wide range of artefacts, DVDs and books and is supported fully by ICT in the classroom.
R.E. in the curriculum
In KS3 all pupils from years 7-11 are taught R.E. once a week. In years seven to nine the foundations are laid in the study of six major religions represented in the UK. These religions are Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism. In year nine there is an emphasis on freedom and the study of Philosophy. The concept of Humanism is also introduced in Year 9.
This foundation leads to the study of Religious Studies GCSE (Short Course) in KS4. In the very near future Religious Studies will be changing in line with other GCSEs – the decision as to which short course is to be taken will be made when OFQUAL confirm the courses. This will affect Year 10 in September 2016. The new course will include the study of two religions, ethics and life issues.
Religious Education is statutory and a necessary part of the pupils’ education. Many of our pupils go onto college to study courses for work within the service industry and this course gives them a good insight into the different people they will meet in the world of work. The course is examined at the end of the two years.
Two whole school assemblies are held every week. The assembly on a Monday morning focuses on current issues likely to affect us as a whole school. Many of these assemblies have a religious influence and in the main that influence is Christian. Our Friday Praise Assembly celebrates being a successful school together and celebrates awards won that week.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and Collective Worship after discussion with the Head Teacher and the Subject Coordinator. Alternative religious education of a suitable nature must be provided by the parents for their child.