Religious Education

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  • KS3
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  • Religious Education

    Team Members

    • Mr B Young - Head of Department, SIL
    • Miss J Bartlett - Teacher of RE
    • Miss E Stimpson - Teacher of History and RE

    Mission statement

    At Woking High School Religious Education seeks to challenge all students to explore different cultures and to discuss the key global issues that confront humanity in the 21st Century.

    Aims and Objectives

    To provide KS3 students with knowledge and understanding of the key beliefs and practices of the world religions. They discover the origins of the major world faiths and what it means on an individual level to be a part of that faith. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences and beliefs on both a social and personal level and will develop a variety of skills including: discussion skills, thinking skills, empathy, cultural understanding.
    Through the Religious Studies syllabus at KS4, students adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. The topics studied are modern, dynamic and extremely relevant to students' lives.
    Religious Education is a popular, dynamic and exciting subject that brings the very best out of all who study it.

    Celebration of success (achievements)

    2020 GCSE results:
    95% (9-4) 49% (9-7)

    Range of Opportunities

    Opportunities to be a part of the department council. The RE Council was established in 2010 and students have already put forward ideas and suggestions to enhance the department. The RE Council meets once per term.


    There are three RE classrooms all fitted with interactive whiteboards. All rooms are equipped with sound systems and DVD players which are frequently used to enhance student learning.

    Knowledge organisers
  • Through Years 7 & 8 students will have the opportunity to explore the Major World Religions. Students' investigative skills will be put to the test as they will attempt to unravel some of the mysteries and controversies surrounding these religions. Students will gain an understanding and an insight into the daily lives of members of these religions.                                                                                                                                        
    In Year 9, students follow a course in social and moral issues, with topics including Prejudice, Crime, Child Labour and The Family. 
  • In years 10 & 11 students will have the opportunity to select the Full Course GCSE in Philosophy and Applied Ethics. Through this course students will explore current issues that challenge society in an ever changing world. Students will be given the platform to discover the different religious, cultural, social and personal opinions that surround these issues. Students will have opportunities to:

    • Explore religions and beliefs, reflect on fundamental questions, engage with them intellectually and respond personally.
    • Enhance their spiritual and moral development, and contribute to their health and well being
    • Enhance their personal, social and cultural development, their understanding of different cultures locally, nationally and in the wider world and to contribute to social and community cohesion.
    • Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the study of religion, and relate it to the wider world.
    • Reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their learning. Religious Studies focuses on student understanding of different views and beliefs toward a variety of social and spiritual issues, and being able to show that understanding towards the different cultures that make up our societies.
    • The skills learned and developed in Religious Studies are essential in any career that involves working with people.
  • Enrichment programme

    The RE department organises a number of activities and off-site visits as part of the Woking High School Day 11 programme, including a popular visit each year to Canterbury Cathedral, where the gruesome murder of Thomas Beckett took place.

    Useful Web links




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Horsell, Woking

Surrey, GU21 4TJ

Tel: 01483 888 447

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