Mr A. Strachan B.A. Hons, MA, PGCE – Head of Department
Mrs C. Bloor, B.Ed Cert Ed
Ms L. Deller
Ms R. Martin B.A. (P/T)
Key Stage 3
Torbay have adopted the Devon Agreed Syllabus and this dictates which areas of Religion are covered.
In Year 7, the students come to understand what religion is all about and how symbols play an important part in our understanding. A systematic study of Islam follows and then we look at the fundemental Christian beliefs and practices: this links to the idea that there is diversity in all religions. In this year the students will have the opportunity to visit Buckfast Abbey.
In Year 8, the focus religion is Sikhism. Students then consider other Christian topics, such as the Bible, vocation and Christian Faith in Action. Further topics include the religious idea of pilgrimage and the important discussion of the impact of the Holocaust. In this year, students also have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of activities based around religious topics in our Humanities Week.
In Year 9, the focus religions are Judaism and Buddhism. The students are also introduced to some basic philosophy when they look at some of the ‘Big Questions’.
In all 3 years the target skills are: Learning About Religion and Learning from Religion. Additionally, the students are prepared for the skills which will be required if they wish to pursue the subject at GCSE level.
Year 8 Activities Days
Year 8 girls have the opportunity to experience different ways of exploring religion. This ranges from music, to dance, to cooking, drama and meditation.
To see some photos of the day's activities click here.
You can also read about the Y7 trip to places of worship in Exeter by clicking here
Key Stage 4
In addition to the statutory requirement that students should receive their entitlement to Religious Education while they are in State Education, they also have the opportunity to study the subject for GCSE. The course is OCR 1930: Judaism and Christian Perspectives on Contemporary Moral Issues.
The statutory RE course follows the theme of ‘Ethics and Values.’
Key Stage 5
Students at KS5 have the opportunity to study The Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and follow the AQA syllabus.
To find out more about the Advanced Level course and see the specification click here.
Results gained in external examinations
At GCSE over the last four years:
• the number of students gaining A* to A has averaged 77%
• the number of students gaining A* to C has been consistently at least 98%