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 Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies as well as an A Level in Religious Studies focused on Philosophy, Ethics and Islam offered by Eduqas.

Meet the team:

Mrs. R. Lea Curriculum Leader for RE
Mr. I. Nicholson Teacher of RE / Assistant Headteacher
Ms S. Alderson Teacher of Humanities / Progress Leader for Year 8

What will be taught?

Religious Education is based on the Trafford Local Agreed Syllabus which was developed by the Assistanbt Headteacher at Stretford Grammar School in his role as Chair of Trafford SACRE. In Years 7 and 8 students encounter all six of the major world religions through the thematic approach in the Trafford Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, this also includes a study of Humanism as an ethical life stance.

In Year 9 all students follow the Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies specification with a focus on Philosophy and Ethics and separate studies of the Abrahamic religions of Christianity and Islam.  This continues into Key Stage 4 where all students are entered for the Full Course GCSE.

A level Religious Studies is a popular post 16 option and students follow the Eduqas specification with a focus on Religion and Ethics, Religion and Philosophy and Islam, with the examinations at the end of the two years of study.

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?

The department ensures that students see religion as a lived experience and visitors are used to place what is learnt in the classroom in context.  This also extends to visits to religions in and around Manchester, most recently to the Cathedral in Manchester and to The Friends of the Western Buddhist Order.  Sixth Form students recently visited Vienna with reference to a study of psychology and religion.

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.

At Key Stage 4 students are taught in smaller, mixed ability groups which affords more individualized support in preparation for the GCSE>

At A Level a wide variety of teaching styles are employed with emphasis on students continuing their research beyond the classroom.

Parents/carers have the right of withdrawal from some or all of the religious education curriculum and should make contact with the Curriculum Leader for RE to do so.

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.