Religious Education

Over 50% of Religious Education GCSE results this year were 9 or 8, whilst 74% of students received the top grades of 9-7.

As a Catholic school, the St Augustine’s Priory curriculum for Religious Education is based on the Religious Education Curriculum Directory (RECD) for Catholic schools.

The primary content of all our RE material is the teaching and practices of the Catholic Church and the implications for the lives of children as pupils today and as citizens of tomorrow. We also study other world religions during Key Stage 3.

“Overall, religious education is one of the highest performing subjects in the school. Pupils do well at all key stages. Children enter the school with a range of skills and abilities which can vary from year to year, but are broadly average. They make excellent progress throughout the school and develop into very confident learners, displaying high levels of religious literacy.

In 2015, almost all Year 11 pupils gained a grade A*−C in GCSE RE, with almost two thirds achieving A*/A, a proportion which is much higher when compared with their peers nationally.”

Diocesan Inspection Report 2016

At St Augustine’s Priory we aim to develop knowledge and understanding of Catholicism for pupils of all faiths. We present pupils with the teachings of Jesus, mediated through the teaching of the Catholic Church. Pupils reflect on what it means to have faith and develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding.

The Religious Education subject material reflects the three key elements of the Catholic faith:

That every human event is marked by the creative activity of God, who communicates goodness to all beings;
That the reality of sin limit and numb every person;
That the life and death and resurrection of Christ, communicated by the Holy Spirit, gives believers the hope of ‘fulfillment’

Other faiths are addressed in the context of Catholic teaching. A respectful and tolerant approach to other faiths is fundamental to our mission. We have girls of different faiths who actively participate in our liturgies and assemblies enriching the spiritual life of our School.

In order to deliver the Religious Education Curriculum Directory our Religious Studies syllabus for Foundation to Key Stage 1 is based on the ‘The Way, the Truth and the Life’ programme.

‘The Way, the Truth and the Life’ programme is also followed during Key Stage 2.

Form III to Upper IV (Key Stage 3)
We continue to deliver the Religious Education Curriculum Directory (RECD) through a scheme of work developed by the department based on ‘The Way, the Truth and the Life’ programme.  We find this enables the girls to develop a deeper understanding of the historical and theological issues studied.

Lower V to Upper V (Key Stage 4)
As part of the core curriculum at St Augustine’s Priory, every girl studies GCSE Religious Studies. We begin teaching the course in the Lent term of Upper IV (Year 9).

The GCSE course we study is the new AQA B specification.

Component 1: Catholic Christianity

Component 2: Perspectives on faith

Section A: Judaism and Section B: Religious, philosophical and ethical themes

Lower VI to Upper VI (Key Stage 5)
Students study the new Eduqas A Level specification.

Component 1: Study of Religion – Christianity;

Component 2: Philosophy of Religion;

Component 3: Religion and Ethics.

Every student in Priory Six also follows a General RE course. Like all our courses in the RE Department, this is based on the Religious Education Curriculum Directory (RECD).

Extracurricular and Enrichment
During the Summer Term Form III enter the ‘Spirited Arts’ competition run by NATRE (National Association of Teachers of RE).

Students in Upper IV (Year 9) are invited to apply to take part in our school linking programme with the Jewish Community Secondary School in partnership with the Faith and Belief Forum (previously Three Faiths Forum).

Last year a group of GCSE students were selected to attend a day conference organised by the Justice and Peace Network where they explored contemporary social justice issues from a Catholic perspective, including themes of peace, the environment, human trafficking and human rights.

Priory Six students have access to wider reading through subscriptions to leading A-level academic journals ‘RS Review’ and ‘Dialogue’. They are also given the opportunity to enter essay competitions such as St John’s College (Oxford) Theology essay competition.

As part of the General RE course, students are given the opportunities to attend events hosted by ‘Aid to the Church in Need’. For example, in November 2017, two students were invited as guests of Lord Alton of Liverpool to the Houses of Parliament for Red Wednesday.

Please click here to view the Westminster Diocese Inspection Report for 2016.