Religious Education at St Richard Reynolds is an academic discipline, which includes learning about and learning from religion. The RE department provide students with outstanding teaching and learning, where pupils are challenged to be thoughtful, reflective and creative. In a Catholic College like St Richard Reynolds, RE provides a unique opportunity to model, promote and live out the Catholic ethos of the college by encouraging religious growth and development. A Catholic college is informed by the belief that we are all (staff, students, parents, wider community) created in the image and likeness of God, and therefore promotes the dignity and freedom of every person.
Furthermore, the RE Department strive to support pupils on their own faith journey. We encourage them to reflect on their personal relationship with God and recognise the value of faith in other world religions. Pupils are encouraged to make links between the teaching and traditions of the Catholic faith and their everyday actions and decisions. We aim to challenge and inspire pupils to become religiously literate by giving them opportunities to put their faith in action. The language of story and narrative, doctrine, liturgy and morality is firmly embedded within our KS3 Curriculum, enabling pupils to think ethically and theologically. This is continued into KS4 in which pupils learn about the intricacies of Catholic Christianity and spend 25% of the course studying Judaism. We are excited to be offering Philosophy & Ethics at A Level for the first time, which is seeing our pupils develop into religiously literate and mature young adults. See Faith in Action (link) for our Core RE offering for the Sixth Form.