'I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me.' Philippians (4:13)

The RE Department

Approach to Teaching

In the RE department we use a range of teaching approaches including:

  • Group and class discussion.
  • Independent learning tasks.
  • Project work.
  • Philosophical enquiry.
  • Personal reflection.

We teach and encourage pupils to be able to express their own ideas and opinions whilst listening to and respecting the opinions of others.

We develop academic rigour in developing the skills of written communication in describing , explaining and evaluating ideas and opinions

We give opportunities for pupils to reflect on their own faith development and to reflect on the beliefs and values of the school, their peers and the wider community.

Key Stage 3 content (Year 7-9)

Year 7

  • Term 1: Community Church, Creeds, Signs and symbols, Identity, Bible skills.
  • Term 2: Living relationships, Baptism, Advent, Jesus the Saviour, Justice & Fairtrade, Liturgical Calendar, Lent, Easter.
  • Term 3: Ascension and Pentecost, Called to change, Creation, The Body of Christ, Celebrating life, Hinduism (Some classes may also learn about Buddhism and Sikhism).


Year 8

  • Term 1: The People of God The person of Vocation, Confirmation, Advent, Good & Evil.
  • Term 2: The Sacraments of Healing, Jesus-Saviour of the World, Church History, Christian Denominations.
  • Term 3: The Cost of Discipleship, Called to be Stewards of Creation, Hopes & Dreams, The Communion of Saints, Judaism.


Year 9

  • Term 1: Pilgrimage, Prayer, Death and the afterlife, Messiah, Secularism, Advent.
  • Term 2: Love, Sacrifice, Marriage, Holy Orders.
  • Term 3: Mission & Evangelism, Suffering, Church History, Islam.

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Key Stage 4 content (Year 10-11)

At KS4 the RE department follows WJEC GCSE Religious Studies Specification B

We study all the units from a Catholic and Muslim perspective.


Units studied in Year 10:

  • Our World (The environment, creation, animal rights and welfare)
  • Relationships (Love, sex, marriage, divorce, family life)
  • Looking for Meaning (How we understand God, Ideas about the afterlife, funerals rituals)
  • Is It Fair (equality, justice, money, charity)


Units studied in Year 11

  • Religion and Conflict (War, Peace, Reconciliation)
  • Religion and Medicine (Medical Ethics, Euthanasia. IVF)
  • Religious Expression (Pilgrimage, Faith, Identity, symbolism)
  • Authority – Religion & State (Human Rights, Justice, capital punishment)


Further details including examples of exam papers can be found at www.wjec.co.uk



The first school Pilgrimage to Rome was held from the 7 - 11 April 2015. 24 students from the school took up this exciting enrichment opportunity.

The students got to see:

  • Castle Gandolfo and Lake Albano.
  • Papal Audience - audience with the Pope.
  • Piazza Navona.
  • Pantheon and Trevi Fountain.
  • St Pietro in Vicoli and St Maria Maggiore.
  • Coliseum.
  • Roman Forum.
  • St Peter's Basilica.
  • Crypt.
  • Nemi.

Section 48 Validation Report

The school had a Section 48 validation in February 2014.

The report indicates that:

St Edmund’s provides an outstanding experience of Catholic community living and is committed to meeting the needs and developing the talents of all its pupils.

Religious education (RE) is good, with outstanding features. The RE department is at the heart of the school and works closely with the chaplaincy to deliver a cohesive and rich curriculum.

The spiritual and moral life of the school is outstanding and is underpinned by a well-developed liturgical life and encompassing Christian ethic.

A copy of the report is available on our inspection report page.

"Students from all backgrounds and faiths work and socialise together happily."
Ofsted 2012