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Religion & Philosophy

Head of Department: Mrs Pearson (

Religious Education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops students’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions and other world views that offer answers to those challenging questions.

It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances students’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

Students are encouraged to learn from different religions, beliefs and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning.

Religious Education at Carlton le Willows Academy has been informed by the 1988 Education Act and by the National Curriculum. The Academy delivers RP in line with the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus.



At Key Stage 3 students study Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, with some reference to Judaism in the Year 9 Rites of Passage and Corrie ten Boom modules.

Key concepts

  1. Beliefs, teachings and sources
  2. Practices and ways of life
  3. Expressing meaning
  4. Values and commitments
  5. Meaning, purpose and truth

Key processes

  • 1. Learning about religion: investigating, applying vocabulary explaining beliefs, practices and commitments, analysing, evaluation and interpreting sources, texts and authorities
  • 2. Learning from religion: reflecting on relationships, evaluation beliefs, commitments and the impact of religion and expressing views on commitments to, and value of, religion including their own beliefs

Range and content

  • 1. Christianity across all Key Stages
  • 2. At least two other principal religions (In KS3 we study Sikhism in Year 7, Islam and Buddhism in Year 8, Jewish rites of passages and aspects of the Holocaust in Year 9)
  • 3. A religious community of local significance, where appropriate
  • a) Most Year 7 students meet a visitor from the local Pentecostal Church
  • b) All Year 8 visit the local Church of England Church – All Hallows
    c) Most Year 8 will meet a Nottingham-based Muslim
  • d) All Year 8 meet theist and atheist students from other year groups in the unit Ultimate Qs
    e) All Year 8 meet Muslim students from other year groups in the Islam unit
  • f) All Year 9 students look at the work of the Nottingham Interfaith Network and some students meet members or visit their website
  • 4 A secular world view, where appropriate
  • a) All Year 8 study secular Christmas celebrations and the commercialisation of Christmas in the UK
    b) All Year 8 develop knowledge of Humanist beliefs in the Ultimate Questions unit
  • c) All Year 9 look at Humanist funerals in the lessons in the Rites of Passage unit.


At Key Stage 4 students can opt to take Religious Studies as one of their GCSE options.

We study the OCR Religious Studies syllabus. Content includes:

Christian religious ethics:

  • Medical ethics - including the issues of abortion, euthanasia, suicide and other issues
  • Relationships - including views on marriage, services, divorce, civil partnerships and sex
  • War, peace and human rights – including the Just War Theory
  • Prejudice and equality - including racism, sexism and the issue of women priests

Religious Philosophy:

  • Good and evil – how can there be a loving and all powerful God when there is evil?
  •  The end of life – beliefs about the afterlife funerals and mourning
  • Belief about deity – Trinity and 99 names of Allah, arguments about God & miracles
  • Religion and science – what are religious and scientific views on how the world started?


Students may decide to continue their Religion and Philosophy studies into Key Stage 5. We study Religious Studies using the WJEC board syllabus.

Right of Withdrawal from Religious Studies

At Carlton le Willows Academy we wish to be an inclusive community but recognise that parents have the legal right to withdraw their children from Religious Education on the grounds of conscience. This would be following consultation with the Academy.