Religious Education

Ut Vitam Habeant‘ – That they may have life in all its fullness

Students are invited by our motto to grow and flourish in every way. Religious Education is a core element of our curriculum through which we encourage students to consider how they might live a life in all its fullness. It is delivered through three programmes, each providing an opportunity to reflect on a wide range of issues including relationships, justice, science and religion and faith traditions. In partnership with the sixth form Chaplaincy, celebrations and reflections are also delivered for students to mark significant times in the Christian calendar.

The 10:10 RE and Ethics programme contributes to the development of the whole person, with a specific focus on the themes of Faith, Hope and Charity. As part of the programme, students reflect on the wider spiritual and moral issues they face as they become young adults and are encouraged to be ready to contribute to the common good.

The Thought for the Week builds community through the themes of Personal and Social Responsibility and Planning for the Future.

These themes provide opportunities to reflect on Catholic social teaching and ways to promote the common good. Thought for the Week is a prayer that is designed to provide a point for reflection as well as educating in terms of gospel themes.

The core RE programme teaches students how to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to think spiritually, ethically and theologically. It is a formal qualification which is assessed through portfolio work. It helps students to develop and be able to articulate their own faith positions and to reflect critically on the ultimate questions of life. It enables student to explore and respect different faith traditions within contemporary society and develop the skills required to engage in critical examination of and reflect upon religious belief and practice in our culture.