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Religious Education

Department Staffing

Head of RE  – Mrs R Bishop (Maternity Leave)
Mrs C Houghton – Acting Head of RE
Mrs A Dimond
Mrs S Loveday
Mr F Atkin
Mr Bates
Miss M McHugh

Religious Education is regarded as the heart of the curriculum at St John Fisher High School. It enriches and informs all areas of learning with the light of the gospel, teaching students to seek the truth which is of God, in the whole of creation, in themselves and others.
The Religious Education curriculum allows for discussion and debate about the fundamental questions of life in a safe learning environment to foster the spiritual and academic development of each individual.
Pupils gain an informed understanding of Catholic Christianity as well as other World Religions to appreciate that we live in a multi-faith society where tolerance and a mutual understanding between religious communities is important.

Skills developed through the study of RE

  • Critical thinking
  • Discussion
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Self – awareness

Future Career Prospects

The skills required in Religious Studies are useful in many different areas and are a good foundation for many academic courses at university.
Many courses value the critical thinking skills of questioning and reasoning through issues along with having an ability to make sound, informed and ethical choices.

  • Teacher/lecture
  • Law
  • Police
  • Medicine
  • Social work
  • Journalist
  • Charity officer

Curriculum in RE

Click on the link below to access a detailed explanation  of the curriculum for each year group

RE Curriculum

Assessment in RE

Assessment at KS3: All pupils will complete an end of unit levelled assessment each half term.
Assessment KS4: All pupils will complete an end of unit assessment each half term based on past paper GCSE questions.
Year 10 will complete a mock GCSE RE examination in April.
Year 11 will complete a mock GCSE RE examination in December.

Department facilities

All RE classrooms are equipped with Interactive Whiteboards and the department has a bank of laptops that are available for use in lessons, to develop the ICT skills of all pupils when they approach particular tasks.

RE Department Enrichment


Year 7
Harlow Carr

Year 8
Pavilions, Harrogate

Year 10
Lourdes Pilgrimage

Year 11
Residential retreat Myddleton Grange, Ilkley

Whole School

Cafod Soup and Roll Day
Cafod Shoe Shine
Fairtrade Love Day

Year 8

Places of Worship Visit – Leeds

Year 9
Cafod Day
(Proposed) Rome trip 2016

Year 10
Justice Day