At the core of Religious Education (at KS3) and Ethics and Society (at GCSE) is the study of the religions and worldviews that shape the world in which we live. 

Students are equipped to develop their religious, ethical and philosophical literacy, building knowledge and understanding of a wide range of beliefs and cultures, going onto analyse and evaluate responses to the issues they encounter. Religious Education and Ethics and Society seeks to enable students to fully participate in a multicultural society.’

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year 7 – What is a Religion?

year 7 – Names of God

Year 7 – ‘Good Life’

Year 7 – God became human

Year 7 – existence of evil

Year 7 – Sikhism

Year 8 – authority

Year 8 – Christianity

Year 8 – creation narratives

Year 8 – Islam

Year 8 – sanctity of life

Year 8 – life after death

Year 9 – Belief in God

Year 9 – Belief in Allah

Year 9 – Living the Muslim Life

Year 10 – Crime and Punishment

Year 10 – Marriage and the Family

Year 10 – Matters of Life and Death

Year 11 – Peace and Conflict

Year 11 – Living the Christian Life

GCSE Exam Board: Pearson
You can find the current GCSE specification (Religious Studies B (1RB0), Christianity and Islam) here

Students are able to continue studying Ethics at A Level – You can find out more about A Level Philosophy and Ethics at Dereham Sixth Form here

Assessment in Religious Education

Ongoing formative assessment is part of the learning cycle in lessons, along with regular diagnostic key knowledge tests, and exam-style questions part way through units and at the end of units.

Personal Development and Cultural Capital in Religious Education
  • Year 7 trip to Mosque and Cathedral
  • Year 8 trip to Walsingham
  • Film and Philosophy Club
  • CAP Money Advisers
  • Local Businesses to advise on Career Opportunities
  • Norfolk road Safety Team
  • Norfolk Police
  • Mid-Norfolk Youth for Christ
Who Teaches Religious Education

Head of Department: Mr. S. Oldfield, B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E., N.P.Q.H.
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Mr Oldfield has BA hons in Philosophy and History from the University of East Anglia; a Post Graduate Certificate in Education- Religious Education (University of Bristol); and a National Professional Qualification in Headship (National College of School Leadership). Mr Oldfield also Chairs Norfolk County Council Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education.

Other Staff: Mrs. Y. Chapman, B.A. (Hons.), P.G.C.E.
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Mrs Chapman has a B.A. Hons in Religious Studies, as well as a PGCE from the University of Oxford.

Other Staff: Miss. H. Rowden, B.A. (Hons), S.C.I.T.T
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Miss Rowden has a BA (HONS) degree and her PGCE/NQTS: Teacher Training in Religious Education at Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT.