Within the RE department we strive for educational excellence whilst allowing our students to
move forward in their faith journey

“Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.” Proverbs 20:15

Religious Education is a core subject at Cardinal Wiseman which all students will study three times a week from Year 7-11. RE develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of beliefs, languages, traditions and practices of the main religious traditions in Britain today. It encourages pupils to consider and respond to important questions related to their meaning and purpose in life and help them to develop spiritually and morally. These encounters with faith enable students to engage with critical dialogue in a respectful capacity which in turn promotes community cohesion and enables pupils to become educated and well-rounded citizens who have been provided with the foundations for life-long learning. As well as considering the need to build a society based on tolerance and community cohesion, the RE curriculum at Cardinal Wiseman proclaims the Good News; fulfilling the Church’s mission to make Christ known to all. 

The RE curriculum is appropriate and ambitious for all learners and meets requirements set out in the Curriculum directory for Catholic schools in England. The mapping of the curriculum against these requisites ensures that our RE curriculum is inline nationally with the expectation laid out by the Catholic Church. As curriculum time for RE is 10% across all year groups, our curriculum not only has the breadth and depth of faith and non-faith schools, but draws in content from higher study such as AS and A level specifications. Our purpose designed curriculum prepares students for their next steps and prepares them for further study on RE, Philosophy and ethics AS/A level courses. The curriculum is well sequenced to ensure that students build on their religious literacy from Year 7 all the way to GCSE, learning to apply religious vocabulary and applying the skills of evaluation and analysis. 

There are four main concepts that are explored in RE throughout years 7-11: 

  1. Creation as a concept explores the themes of transcendence, dignity of the human person and revelation. Many of these beliefs come from the Genesis creation narratives and include beliefs such as Imago Dei, Sanctity of Life, God’s omnipotence and omnibenevolence and how God reveals himself to humanity. 
  2. Morality refers to principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behaviour. Within this concept students will learn to evaluate the extent to which an action is right or wrong by applying religious and non-religious principles, for example, issues such as abortion, capital punishment and just war. 
  3. Ways of Life refers to the rituals, festivals, ceremonies, worship practices and tradition of specific religions, as practised in the UK. Students will form an appreciation for Catholic tradition such as the liturgical calendar, Jewish tradition such as the celebration of Shabbat and Muslim tradition, such as the Five Pillars of Islam. 
  4. Beliefs refers to the state of mind where we consider something to be true. Within this concept we will develop an understanding of the origins of religious belief through a study of the relevant sources of authority for each religion and the creation of religious doctrine.


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Average Grade Average Points (APS) Residual % students in A8 Basket
2019 25.2 60.1 75.6 5 5.04 0.73 97.1
2018 28 56.8 65.4 5 5.01 0.33 /