Religious Education

Religious Studies is an integral part of the academic curriculum of the school. Every pupil in Years 8 to 12 follows the legal requirements of the subject in Key Stages 3 and 4 as specified by the Department of Education for Northern Ireland and as outlined in the Core Syllabus for Religious Education.

In Key Stage 3 pupils study the four objectives of the core syllabus. These are – The Revelation of God, The Christian church, Morality and World Religions other than Christianity. This fourth objective allows pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of two world faiths.

GCSE, AS and A level examinations are offered to pupils who choose these optional subjects. A short course, equivalent to half a GCSE, is offered to all pupils who do not choose RS as a full GCSE option. All of these courses are through the local examination board CCEA.

The teaching of Religious Studies seeks to develop pupils’ knowledge, understanding and a variety of skills. These include, for example, research skills, critical judgement, the ability to ‘understand both sides’ and negotiate and resolve conflict and an appreciation of human diversity, belief systems, cultural and spiritual experiences.

All of the above is taught in an atmosphere which will promote a friendly, caring environment where pupils can develop sensitivity, thoughtfulness and respect.