Religious Education

It is the aim and ethos of the R.E. Department to promote Christian values implicitly amongst our students, without any expectation that the child belongs to any particular denomination or faith.

The department consists of two specialist and one non specialist teachers. Two hours per week are devoted to R.E. in Year 7 and one hour per week in Years 8 & 9. In Years 10 & 11, all students receive two hours R.E. tuition per week.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, all students examine aspects of Christianity and Islam using a variety of teaching methods including “The Island”. This Scheme of Learning investigates rites of passage using a generic approach which has proved to be motivational and successful amongst our younger students. We examine some philosophical and spiritual issues and we are looking forward to implementing aspects of the Illuminating Pathways curriculum which has been developed by the Blackburn Diocese.

Religious Studes GCSE

Year 10 students will embark upon the compulsory AQA Full Course in Religious Studies.  All will follow Specification A and will be examined at the end of Year 11.  This course is entirely assessed by two examinations and will not contain any coursework.  Each examination will last for 1 hour 45 minutes.  Grades of 1-9 will be awarded.  Students will take assessments in the following two components in the same series:

Component 1:  The study of religions:  beliefs, teachings and practices

Component 2:  Thematic studies

Component 1:  The study of religions:  beliefs, teachings and practices.Component 2:  Thematic studies
What's assessed
What's assessed
Beliefs, teachings and practices of the following religions:  Christianity    Islam
Four religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes from the perspectives of the following religions:  Christianity   Islam

Themes to be studied:

Theme A:  Relationships and families

Theme B:  Religion and life

Theme D:  Religion, peace and conflict

Theme E:  Religion, crime and punishment
How it is assessed
How it is assessed
  • Written exam:  1 hour 45 minutes
  • Written exam:  1 hour 45 minutes
  • 96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG))
  • 96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG))
  • 50% of GCSE
  • 50% of GCSE


Religious Education at Saint Aidan's is a popular and high profile subject at the heart of our school.

RE is provided for all pupils, and is inclusive and broad minded. Parents do have the right to withdraw pupils from RE: if you wish to do this, make an appointment with the Headteacher/RE subject leader. The school does not support selective withdrawal from RE.

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