Religious education is central to helping pupils to understand and respect the diverse beliefs, traditions and cultures around the world. Our creative and skills based approach to teaching and learning encourages pupils to make sense of the world around them through collaboration with others. Religious education instills into learners skills such as empathy, cooperation and respect, all of which are central to forming positive relationships throughout life.
At KS3, our curriculum allows pupils to explore a number of key concepts and questions through the six major world religions. Pupils are able to analyse the unique beliefs and values of all faiths and of none. Lessons constantly promote the spiritual, moral, cultural and mental development of pupils. Trips and visits are an important part of RE at St Mark’s and allow pupils to greater links with their local community.
As a Church of England Academy, all pupils study GCSE Religious education. The course is based on the study of Christianity and Islam. This provides an exciting opportunity for pupils to develop personal thoughts and ideas about various moral and ethical issues and beliefs. Employers increasingly look for someone with an enquiring mind, an ability to come to clear, balanced decisions and a respect for different viewpoints. These skills can all be fostered and developed through religious education.
Religious education continues in the Sixth Form where pupils have the opportunity to engage with ethical theories and examine developments in Christian theology.