Religious Education


Mr B. Trevelyan – Head of Department
Miss. E. Vickerstaffe – Second in Department
Mrs C. Hanley – Associate Headteacher, Teacher of Religious Education, Head of Year
Mrs Z. Brown – Teacher of Religious Education
Mrs. K. Connelly –  Teacher of Religious Education
Miss. S. Rothwell – Teacher of Religious Education


The philosophy of the Religious Education department is one born out of the school mission statement:

“Learning Together as a Community in Christ”

Religious Education is at the heart of the Catholic school. While the school, in all aspects of its life, is involved in the formation of its pupils, Religious Education has a lead role in the academic and spiritual development of all pupils.

The Religious Education department in St John Fisher strives to:

– use Christ as a model for our personal behaviour, treating every individual with love, respect and fairness.
– establish a framework within which self-discipline can develop and self-esteem can be fostered

Learning and Teaching

The department aims to:

– provide wide-ranging and appropriate learning opportunities for pupils of all abilities, so that they can develop their talents in a secure, happy and stimulating environment.

– encourage respect for religious and moral values, an understanding of the teaching of the Catholic Church, and an attitude of tolerance and understanding of other religions, races and ways of life.

– help pupils to understand the world in which they live and foster an awareness of their responsibilities towards others in their local, national and global community.

– encourage pupils to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and employment in a rapidly changing world.

The department has four teaching rooms each equipped with a computer, Smartboard and Visualiser. There is also a Religious Education ICT suite which houses three computers and a bank of laptops that may used by the pupils for research and extended learning.

Enriching learning

The Religious Education department offers a range of enrichment opportunities for students.

We hold a Year Nine Holocaust day where the students learn from a Jewish guest speaker about what it was like to experience persecution and racism during World War Two.

The Year Ten students take part in a ‘Life Conference’ day where they learn about the sanctity of life and discuss current issues such as contraception and abortion.

The department also offers a trip to Holland for both Year Nine and Ten pupils; this gives them the chance to visit key sites relating to the persecution of the Jewish community from memorials, concentration camps and also the house of Anne Frank.


The Religious Education department feels that it is very important to use a wide range of informal and formal assessments at Key Stage Three; these strategies allow for pupil; progress to be monitored and prepares them for the next stage in their school life. Formal assessments are both traditional timed tests and practical activities in which pupils may produce presentations and role plays, which are then assessed and recorded in their target log cards. The St John Fisher RE department are very much aware of the changes in the new Key Stage 3 curriculum and have been proactive in both attending the ‘People of God’ conferences and adjusting current resources to meet the needs of the RE guidelines.  This is one of the key departmental priorities and it will be continually addressed throughout the coming months.

Within Key Stage Four pupils sit both Mid-unit and End of Unit tests, so the pupils are regularly monitored and tracked throughout the year. This process allows pupils to gain plenty of experience sitting formal GCSE tests and for the teacher to facilitate early support strategies if a pupil appears to be underachieving.

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