Religious Education

Religious Education at Rushey Mead Academy is part of the Humanities Faculty.

The curriculum content is taught according to the locally agreed syllabus and covers the main faiths in the United Kingdom. There is high quality provision to enable all students at both KS3 and KS4 to study RE and it is expected that all students will sit a GCSE in the subject.

In partnership with Citizenship education at Rushey Mead we aim to teach students how to live in a tolerant, multi faith society and cover topics relevant to young people in our community. Looking at the religions in the world allows our students to consider the different responses to some of life’s most difficult questions such as: Why is their war and poverty? Is there an afterlife? It also helps them to understand how the different cultures and communities in today’s world have developed and the impact religious belief has on individuals and communities.


Years 7 and 8

Students develop an understanding of the key features of different religious beliefs, and consider how and why followers put these beliefs into practice.

A wide range of both religious and social views are debated, which makes this an interesting and stimulating subject for them to study. Issues are examined from a religious and social viewpoint, reflecting on how moral values are applied to different aspects of modern life and considering what students’ own responses might be.

We aim to enable students to learn in a variety of ways, including research, discussion, group work, drama and art. Students develop the ability to select, explain and evaluate relevant information, and to structure a clear response.  

Units studied in years 7 and 8 include:

  • Prayer and Pilgrimage
  • Future Planet
  • Religious Leaders
  • Festivals
  • Science vs Religion
  • Inspirational Leaders


GCSE – Year 9,10,11.

At Key Stage 4, all students follow the AQA full course GCSE in Religious Studies (A).  At the start of Year 9 students begin their GCSE course by starting to study their first unit: Christianity. The content of this unit covers a variety of subject areas such as Key Beliefs, Jesus Christ, Worship, Festivals and the Role of the Church.  

In Year 10 and 11, students will continue the GCSE course and will study units on Buddhism, Peace and Conflict, Crime and Punishment, Religion and Life and Relationships and Families.

During the course students will explore ideas on spiritual, philosophical, ethical and moral dilemmas as well as place beliefs in the context of modern British society. Students are encouraged to incorporate their understanding of their own beliefs and experiences in their answers on the second examination paper.

The GCSE is assessed at the end of Year 11 with two 1 ¾ hour examinations.



An excellent way for parents to support students in RE is to talk to them about what they are studying. Discussions at home can help students develop their ideas and consider different points of view. It can also very helpful to visit places of worship if possible. Specimen papers  Subject specific vocabulary

Students are encouraged to read newspapers and apply what they have learnt in lessons to “real life” situations.

Students can do revision quizzes at
There is a GCSE revision guide available for purchase from any RE teacher.


  • GCSE Revision Classes
  • Trips – in the past this has included trips to local places of worship and the Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre.
  • Productions and presentations by outside groups.
  • RE and Citizenship Study Club


Ms Airey – [email protected]