Religious Education

St. Ignatius Catholic School provides R.E. as mandated by the Catholic Church. We focus on students’ academic, spiritual and moral growth, recognising each as a unique individual. Our curriculum promotes critical thinking, respect for diverse beliefs, and community contribution.

Welcome to Religious Education

Religious Education provides opportunities to enlighten and mould our students into emerging leaders. Rooted in Catholic traditions and beliefs, there’s a strong emphasis on serving both the school and parish community. This commitment to service is evident as our students actively support the local community through initiatives such as the Food Pantry, Christmas Hamper Appeal and CRS Rice Bowl. Students can be leaders of other charity initiatives of their choice throughout the year as well as being members of the Faith Group in Sixth Form.

KS3

At KS3 we provide a broad and balanced curriculum working on the skills to prepare students for KS4 and life after St. Ignatius Catholic School. All students are invited to encounter Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who is at the heart of our study, in a way that respects student’s religious identity. An examination of some Big Questions take place at this stage including an exploration of the existence of God and ultimate reality, the problem of evil and suffering, religion and morality, rituals, celebrations and worship as well as religion in a modern context. These help students delve deep into understanding the nuances of various religious beliefs, practices and ethical dilemmas. Through exploration and discussion, they can better appreciate the complexities of religious thought, and its impact on human experience, and indeed, their own spiritual journey.

KS4

All students study core beliefs and practices within Catholic Christianity and Judaism at KS4. They investigate ultimate questions such as ‘what is the purpose of life?’ and ‘what happens when we die?’ The course helps students improve philosophical thinking skills and to better understand contemporary ethical and religious issues such as medical ethics and religious fundamentalism. It also serves as a bridge to A level Philosophy and Ethics where religious questions are often deeply philosophical and serve to improve the critical thinking skills necessary for the Philosophy and Ethics course. The KS4 course also promotes deeper thought analysis of broader issues such as ‘Do humans have an in-built need for a divine-being.’

Sixth Form Religious Studies

At KS5 students have the opportunity to study Religion and Philosophy, Religion and Ethics as well as an in-depth study of Christianity, building on the content and skills of the GCSE course. This curriculum navigates the realms of law, psychology and medicine requiring more than just technical knowledge; it requires a profound understanding of human nature, ethics, and cultural diversities. Crafted by the WJEC Specification, A Level Philosophy and Ethics provides this crucial insight. More than theology, it is a study of deep cultural dynamics, ethics, and societal norms. By studying Christianity, ethical frameworks, and the philosophy of religion, help gain a nuanced perspective to global cultures and beliefs.

Future Careers

The following are possible careers that are enhanced by the study of this subject: Academia and Research: Professors or researchers in Philosophy or Theology. Law: Legal progressions leveraging analytical and argumentative skills. Ethical Consultation: Advising on moral dilemmas in hospitals or corporations. Education: Teaching Religious Education or Philosophy. Diplomacy: Roles in international relations understanding diverse beliefs. Journalism: A focus on religious or ethical topics. Religious Leadership: Priests, ministers or counsellors in religious communities.