A note from Mrs Parmar, Humanities Faculty Lead

In the Humanities faculty, our over-arching aim is to nurture world class learners, who have an intrinsic understanding of the world around them: how humanity has developed over time, our position in the world now and where we are heading in the future. The faculty aims to encourage learners with this vision through the study of the Humanities subjects- geography, history and RE.

Humanities fires learners’ curiosity to ask questions about the wider world in which we live. This not only helps them to make sense of the new knowledge they acquire, but also helps learners to understand the process of change, to see how we arrived ‘here’ and where we may be heading into the future. The unique concepts in Humanities allow learners to construct arguments, analyse evidence and to question human motivation with skill and confidence.

Enjoy discovering the world!

Best regards

Mrs Parmar

Religious Education

Why do we study religion?

Studying RE enables us to develop a better understanding of the world in which we live. Building knowledge of religious events and trends, allows us to gain a much greater appreciation for current events today, and a better understanding of the world round us. RE also provides us with plentiful opportunities to learn tolerance, respect and appreciation of other people and their cultures and traditions. We also learn how religion has shaped (and continues to shape) relationships between societies and people. Throughout your study of religion, you will gain a crucial skill set to allow you to be more aware of the world around you and the people within it.

This is John Kerry. He was the US secretary of state, Vietnam war veteran and ex-navy commander.

‘If I went back to college today, I think I would probably study religion, because that’s how important it is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today. Leaders in public life need to recognize that in a world where people of all religious traditions are travelling and mingling like never before, we ignore the global impact of religion at our danger.’      – John Kerry

Year 7


  •  The Holy Trinity
  • Parables
  • The 5 pillars of Islam
  • Pilgrimages
  • Creation of the universe
  • Miracles
  • Human origin
  • Vegetarianism

 Year 8

  • Religion, peace and conflict      
  • What is war?
  • Jihad
  • Pacifism
  • Prejudice and Equality
  • Mahatma Ghandi
  • Martin Luther King Junior
  • Good verses Evil

Year 9

  • Life after death
  • Heaven and Hell
  • The apocalypse
  • Sanctity of life
  • Euthanasia
  • Abortion
  • Genetic Manipulation


The exam board we use is Edexcel. For each paper you will study the following:

Paper 1: Christianity: Christian Beliefs, Marriage and Family Life, Living a Christian Life and Matters of Life and Death

Paper 2: Islam: Muslim Beliefs, Crime and Punishment, Living a Muslim Life, Peace and Conflict


  • What skills will I gain?
  • analytical and strategic thinking;
  • research skills;
  • critical judgement;
  • the ability to work with abstract, conceptual ideas;
  • an ability to ‘understand both sides’ and negotiate and resolve conflict;
  • problem-solving skills;
  • leadership skills;
  • understanding of the impact of conflicting ideologies; and
  • an appreciation of human diversity, belief systems, cultural and spiritual experiences.


  • What can I do with GCSE RE?

The skills you gain in RE GCSE will help you in a huge number of careers, such as: law, education, social work, politics, medicine, administration or the media. A good knowledge of cultural and religious differences in society can also help with careers in the armed forces or the police.


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