Religious Education*

As a Church of England school with an Outstanding SIAMS we believe that Religious Education has a central part to play in the development of each student. As a result every student gets the opportunity to take part in Religious Education.

Collective Worship*

We are proud of the relationships we have with our local churches and Sherborne Abbey. Regular assemblies include speakers from:

  • The Christian faith
  • Other religions for the main festivals
  • Staff and students

*Parents who wish to withdraw their child from all or part of this aspect of school life should contact the Headteacher in writing. Children who are withdrawn will be supervised.

Key Stage 3

We aim to provide students with a breadth of religious knowledge about world faiths. The rationale behind Key Stage 3 schemes of work is to build on these introductory units completed at primary school, by providing schemes of work which concentrate on the philosophical and ethical issues presented by religion. We also aim to enable students to develop theological terms and understanding. The schemes also encompass the world faiths that were previously not covered in Key Stages 1 and 2. We use a range of learning activities, encouraging our students to be active in their learning and to use drama, visualisation and the creative arts as well as creative writing and use of primary sources such as religious texts

Year 7

The aim of Year 7 is to provide a really good base for studying religion by exploring philosophical and ethical issues as well as an in-depth look at the life of and important of Jesus for Christians.

Unit One: Philosophy. The students will explore a range of philosophical questions such as; do I exist? Who am I? Can I trust my senses? Does God exist? Why is there something rather than nothing? These are considered through discussion, experiments, research and creative writing.

Unit Two: Christianity – the life of Jesus. Students will look at the key events in the life of Jesus: incarnation, teaching, miracles, the passion, resurrection, ascension, Parousia and the second coming. They will explore what happened and how these events impact on Christians today. They will use research or Biblical evidence, creative writing, drama and role play to understanding the impact of Jesus’ life.

Unit Three: Ethics. Students will explore different ethical approaches and apply these to situations such as business ethics and Children’s Rights. There is a clear link made to the school’s status as a Rights Respecting School.

Year 8

In Year 8 students have the opportunity to explore two world religions.

Unit One: Islam – A detailed study of the tenants of Islam including The Five Pillars and beliefs about Allah. Students will also have the opportunity to consider and evaluate key issues surrounding Islam today: the place of woman and terrorism. There is a trip to visit a Mosque during this unit.

Unit Two: Hinduism – An exploration of the Hindu religion including beliefs about God and life after death. The teaching in this unit will offer some reenactment and drama as well as creative arts. A focus on how Hindu’s use story to convey beliefs including the Ramayana.

Year 9

Unit One: Suffering and The Holocaust. Students will be introduced into the problem of evil. The Holocaust will then be studied as an example. We cover a range of creative and spiritual responses to the Holocaust – including meeting a Holocaust survivor and listening to their testimony. Students have the opportunity to produce a creative piece of work to represent their response to the Holocaust.

Unit Two: Other Belief Systems. An exciting opportunity for students to consider what makes a religion by looking at alternative systems such as Shinto, Scientology, Jedi’s and Humanism. Students will be encouraged to evaluate what they think is a religion and to explore what influences and inspires action in their own lives.

Unit Three: Inspired People. Here students will look at people who were inspired by their faith to change the world such as Bonhoeffer, Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Students will reflect on these people’s lives and consider what changes they would like to be a part of.

KS 4

Current: RE (Short Course)

Exam Board: OCR GCSE Short Course RS Spec B: ‘Applied Ethics’

Course Information: Papers B603 Applied Ethics 1 and B604 Applied Ethics. This is not a tiered paper.

Both papers are sat at the end of Year 11

RE (Full Course)

Exam Board: OCR GCSE RS Spec B: ‘Philosophy & Applied Ethics’

Course Information: B601 & B602 ‘Philosophy’ 1 and 2 respectively; B603 & B604 ‘Applied Ethics’ 1 and 2.

Papers are all sat at the end of year 11

From 2016: Religious Studies GCSE

Exam board OCR: J625:

The students will study the key concepts of both Christianity and Islam in depth. They will learn the beliefs and how they put these beliefs into practice. Students will also explore philosophical and ethical issues from a Christian perspective such as the conflict with science and medical ethics and how family and relationships are affected by religious beliefs.

Students will sit three papers at the end of Year 11:

  • Beliefs and Practices: Christianity (25% of final grade)
  • Beliefs and Practices: Islam (25% of final grade)
  • Religion, Philosophy and Ethics in the modern world from a religious perspective – Christianity (50% of final grade)


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Join us for our annual PTA quiz – a fun night out featuring:

Ploughman’s Platter
Licensed Bar

Tickets £5 per person in advance £6 on the door
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If you are not part of a team, please return your reply slip to
reception and we will help to join individuals together to form teams of 8.

Due to licencing laws all drinks must be purchased on the premises.

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Don’t forget today is our Careers & Degree Apprenticeship Fair, from 4.30-7.00pm. It is open to all students/young people/parents from Dorset and Somerset, so come along and meet over 45 employers and universities to discuss career options!

Sixth Form Open Evening

for September 2018 entry

Weds 8th November 2017, 5.30-7.30pm

Headteacher's address at 5.30 / 6.15 / 7.00pm