Introduction

Stretford Grammar School’s RE Department is successful and highly experienced, staffed by a specialist team and is the Leading RE Department for Trafford Local Authority.  We offer EdExcel GCSE Religious Studies as well as an A Level in Religious Studies focused on Philosophy and Ethics provided by WJEC.

Meet the team:

Mr I Nicholson        Head of RE, PSHCE and Assistant Headteacher

Miss H Barbary        Teacher of RE

Ms S Alderson         Teacher of RE and History

What will be taught?

Religious Education is based on the Trafford Local Agreed Syllabus which was written by the Head of RE at Stretford Grammar School.  Students will have the opportunity to study all aspects of the six major world religions and Humanism through a skills based approach which looks at how religion impacts on the lives of people today.  At GCSE the focus moves to the study of Philosophy and Ethics in Islam and Christianity and this moves onto AS Level Religious Studies with specific modules using the knowledge learnt elsewhere and covering a wide range of issues.  A2 Level Religious Studies allows students to draw together all their learning in looking at in depth analysis of religious thought and action.

What happens in lessons?

Religious Education is not just about studying what other people think but also about having the opportunity to bring in ideas that the students have and looking at their understanding of the topics we study.  Students are expected to share what they think whether in small groups or as a class and this will form the basis of students learning from each other and being able to explain why they believe what they do.

What extra opportunities are there?

Visits and trips have been organised to support learning outside of the classroom and in the last three years we have visited Istanbul, Antalya, religious buildings around Manchester and Sixth Form students have attended revision sessions at local universities.

Organisation:

In Years 7 – 9 all pupils are taught in their form groups, which allows them to discuss issues with peers they know and trust and gives up the opportunity to delve deeply into topics in a supportive atmosphere.  All year groups have three periods of timetabled RE a fortnight.

How can you help at home?

A lot of the work your child will study is relating religion to the world today and we would encourage you to discuss issues in the media concerning religion in modern society including areas such as the decline of religion in the UK, ethical issues and state occasions where religion is evident.