Religious Education

Religious Education Department

Meet the Department

  • Mrs Mead – Subject Leader of RE
  • Miss Henry – Teacher of RE (Key Stage Co-ordinator)
  • Ms Vanvuchelen – Teacher of RE (Key Stage Co-ordinator)
  • Mrs Bligh – Teacher of RE & Vice Principal
  • Dr Baker – Teacher of RE
  • Miss Doyle – Teacher of RE & Lay Chaplain
  • Mr Nuckhir – Teaching Assistant for RE


Welcome to the RE Department.  Religious Education is a core subject at St Richard’s with every pupil completing a full GCSE in KS4. We see RE as the core of the whole curriculum as it integrates and informs all other knowledge.


Every class member is highly valued and encouraged to be involved in all activities, both academic and spiritual. We go beyond the pupil’s academic potential by encouraging and supporting them in their spirituality and their faith journey. We strive to give all pupils an experience of a living, worshipping community in which they encounter the person of Jesus.

Academically, pupils receive an excellent grounding in Roman Catholicism as well as an in-depth analysis of other major world religions. We aim to cater for each pupil’s individual needs by using a variety of teaching styles; our lessons are interactive, experiential and creative and we encourage debate and discussion. Pupils are encouraged to think and challenge their own and others’ ideas in a respectful and mature way.


As a subject that promotes critical thinking and the ability to develop and evaluate different arguments, RE is a subject that prepares pupils for a number of careers including law, politics, academia and global development.


Exam Success

There is a strong culture of academic success in the RE department. Pupils perform exceptionally well in RE. We expect RE to be a pupil’s highest performing subject.

2020 4+ = 93% 5+ = 78% 7+ = 41%
2019 4+ = 88% 5+ = 74% 7+ = 39%
2018 4+ = 90% 5+ = 82% 7+ = 48 %
2017 C+ = 91% B+ = 81% A+ = 46%
2016 C+ = 93% B+ = 82% A+ = 58%
Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups in Years 7-9.  In Year 7 there is also a nurture group for the SEN pupils to help ease their transition into life within the college.  In Years 7-9, pupils have two 50 minute lessons a week.


Course Outline

At Key Stage 3, pupils are taught a curriculum based on the Religious Education Curriculum Directory from the Bishop’s Conference for England and Wales. However, we do not follow a specific course and all of the lessons have been created by the department to maximise pupil engagement.


In Year 7, pupils study six units, each taking a term to cover. These are:

  • New Beginnings
  • The Reason for the Season
  • Call to Change
  • Jesus Our Saviour
  • Faith into Action
  • Sikhism


In Year 8, pupils study six units, each taking a term to cover. These are:

  • Judaism
  • Church History
  • Philosophy
  • God is Calling You
  • God’s Revelation
  • Hinduism


In Year 9, pupils study Mark’s Gospel and moral issues. Within Mark’s Gospel we learn about the historical origins of the Gospels, the identity of Jesus and discipleship. Within the moral issues part of the course we learn about contemporary moral issues such as social justice and medical ethics. In term six, Year 9 pupils study a unit on Islam in preparation for the GCSE course.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

In Years 10 and 11 pupils follow the Edexcel Religious Studies A Course. This includes:

  • The study of Catholic Christianity (Beliefs, Practices, Sources of Wisdom and Forms of Expression)
  • Islamic Beliefs and Practices
  • Arguments for God’s existence and Relationships in the Twenty First century
Assessment in RE

In KS3 and KS4 all pupils are set aspirational targets. These are based on each pupil’s ability and the internal assessments pupils complete.


Pupils are assessed termly and their progress is captured. If pupils are below their expected progress target then they are given intervention to help them get back on track towards their target. Work is marked using the 1-9 grading system.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The department runs a variety of activities including a series of World Religions trips. These include visits to a synagogue, mosque, gurdwara and mandir. We also enjoy excellent links with the Buddhist Centre in Bexhill and the local Islamic community.