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George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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Religious Education

Overview

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The RE Department at George Salter Academy consists of highly motivated and enthusiastic teachers who are determined to ensure that all students succeed. It is a subject which has great relevance in today’s society and enables all those who study it to appreciate and understand the diversity and importance of religion within a community.

Study Support

The RE Department offers a number of study support sessions for students across different year groups. Key Stage 4 and 5 students are well supported in preparation for their examinations with after school revision, twilight sessions, and holiday activities.

 

Trips

Visit to GurdwaraThere are numerous opportunities for RE trips across all Key Stages throughout the academic year. In the last few years, we have led trips to local places of worship, the Houses of Parliament in London, and a residential to Rome.

In this coming year there are lots of exciting trips planned: trips to an Eco-Centre in Wales, trips to the theatre and lots more.

There are also further extra-curricular opportunities in the Department, such asvisits to local places of worship and trips to the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre to see "Jesus Chrits Superstar".

 

What the students say about the department

"RE is about sharing your own opinions but listening to others viewpoints. Its where you can get your point across without being afraid."

"The teachers really care about us."

 

Contact

Mrs L. Hickman (Head of Department), email: l.hickman@georgesalter.com

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Cefalu Christus Pantokrator croppedRE is compulsory for all students at Key Stage 3.

Year 7

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Festivals & Celebrations
  • Morality through Art
  • Buddhism

 

Kabaa

Trips

Places of worship: Students visit a range of places of worship, to ensure they have deeper understanding of the meanings each place of worship holds for each religion.

Year 8

Students cover more moral issues such as Human rights, Prejudice and discrimination, Charities and study these from a number of different perspectives, including secular views.

Buddha's statue near Belum Caves Andhra Pradesh India

  • Religion and Animal Rights
  • Religion, Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Judaism & the Holocaust

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

identityStudents who choose to study GCSE RE will follow the EDUQAS Religious Studies: Route A. They will study two religions and 4 philosophy and ethical themes.

The GCSE course is assessed by 100% external examination.

The topics include:

  • Christianity: Beliefs
  • Christianity: Practices
  • Judaism: Beliefs
  • Judaism: Practices
  • Issues of Life and Death
  • Issues of Relationships
  • Issues of Good and Evil
  • Issues of Human Rights

 

  2014 2015 2016
GCSE 18.2% A*-A
73% A*-C
100% A*-G
33.3% A*-A
67% - A*-C
100% - A*-G
55.2% A*-A
91.4 % - A*-C
98.3% - A*-G
Table of GCSE exam results 2014-2016

 

National attainment 2016: 29.5% A*-A, 71.6% A*-C, 98% A*-G

 

Key Stage 5 / Post-16

re puzzle

 

The department is now providing students with the exciting opportunity to study A-level RE. Students will follow the AQA Religious Studies specification.

This requires students to develop an insight into Philosophy and Ethics, whilst exploring other religious beliefs in depth.

The course is 100% exam based, with all exams being sat at the end of the two year course.

Component 1:

  • Philosophy of religion and ethics

Component 2:

  • Study of religion and dialogues (Christianity)

We are celebrating excellent exam results this year.

 

  2015 2016
AS 75% - A*-C 88% - A*-C
100% - Pass
A2 100% - A*-C 50% - A*-C
100% - Pass
Table of AS/A2 exam results 2015-2016

 

 

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