There are two clear aims throughout Key Stage three and four.
  1. To develop the potential and worth of each student in achieving their true academic ability in RE.
  2. To develop the faith of each child. As a joint Catholic and Church of England Academy we seek to provide opportunities within RE for each child to explore faith issues and in turn continue to grow in spirituality as an individual.

RE provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.  In lessons students will be given the opportunity to evaluate arguments for and against belief in God.  All learners are expected to express their own responses to the issues and questions raised in each topic using reasons and evidence and evaluate alternate viewpoints about these issues and questions.

RE encourages students to develop their sense of identity and belonging.  It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society and global community.  RE has an important role in preparing students for adult life, employment and lifelong learning.  It enables students to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.  It promotes discernment and enables students to combat prejudice.


Year 7

Autumn Term – Exploring Religion and Understanding Christianity

Spring Term – Covenants and Easter

Summer Term – Authority and Religious Expression


Year 8

Autumn Term – Social Justice and Understanding Christianity

Spring Term – Islam and Judaism

Summer Term – Forgiveness and Myths & Cults


KS4 info-

At the Academy of St. Nicholas we follow the AQA specification A syllabus in Religious Education. Our students will complete the full GCSE course and will be examined on the Religion paper, studying Christianity with the second religion being Judaism.  Pupils will then complete the philosophy and ethics paper studying 4 of the 8 available themes.

For the religion paper worth 50% student will study;

Christianity: Beliefs and Teachings

Christianity: Practises

Judaism: Beliefs and Teachings

Judaism: Practises


For the Philosophy and Ethics paper worth 50%

Theme B: Religion and Life

Theme D: Peace and Conflict

Theme E: Crime and Punishment

Theme F: Social Justice

You can find more information about the curriculum the school is following by contacting Mr Tudor by email or calling 0151 230 2570.