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School contacts:

Mrs R Middleton
School Improvement Leader for Ethos, Spirituality and Formation


Mrs A Evers 
Head of Religious Education

Mr A Taylor
Assistant Head of Religious Education


Religious Education is a core subject. The curriculum is broad and inclusive where all pupils follow the Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools and Colleges in England and Wales 2012.

Pupils learn using interactive methods and are challenged to think deeply about the ‘big questions of life’. They develop their understanding of the bible and are encouraged to accurately use comprehensive religious language in their work. This means that they leave St Gabriel’s confident in their own religious beliefs and practices.

In all years, pupils will receive elements of SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) within the context of the Catholic Church’s teachings. We aim to develop explicitly the pupils’ in Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education so that the pupils can make a positive Christian contribution to society.

All pupils receive 3 hours of taught Religious Education a week throughout the school.

Key Stage 3

Year 7: The New Testament. (The Life of Jesus and the Early Church, The structure of the Bible, How and why people pray, The Sacraments of the Church, the Structure of the Church, the Liturgical season, Prejudice and Discrimination).

Year 8: The Old Testament. (Old Testament Figures, Covenantal relationships, Stewardship and Animal Rights, Vocation, The Trinity, the issues of Evil and Suffering, Forgiveness and Reconciliation).

Year 9: The teachings of the Catholic Church. (Philosophy and key religious theologians, Making Moral Decisions, the Sacraments of the Church, History of the Church in Europe and Britain, Diocesan and Parish life, The Sermon on the Mount, Festivals, Ecumenicalism and Faith in Action).

All pupils will study a world religion in the summer term of each year.

The pupils’ attainment level, throughout the year, will be assessed on classwork, home learning, oral contribution and assessment tasks.

Key Stage 4

Course leader: Mrs A Evers

EDEXCEL GCSE Religious Studies Faith and Practice in the 21st Century Specification A.

Year 10: Area of Study 2: Judaism and Area of Study 3: Philosophy and Ethics

Area of Study 2: Judaism

Beliefs and Teachings and Practices

Area of Study 3: Philosophy and Ethics

Arguments for the Existence of God and Religious Teaching on Relationships and Families in the 21st Century

Year 11: Area of Study 1: Catholic Christianity

Beliefs and Teachings, Practices, Sources of Wisdom and Authority, Form of Expression and Ways of Life


Mode of GCSE Assessment

The pupils' attainment level, throughout the year, will be assessed on classwork, home learning, oral contribution, assessment task and an end of Unit tests.  However, the final GCSE exam is three 100% Linear Examinations.

Pupils will be examined on all 3 Areas of Study at the end of Year 11.

Area Study 1: 1 hour and 45 minutes Examination

Area Study 2: 50 minutes Examination

Area Study 3: 50 minutes Examination


A small number of pupils will also complete the Salford Diocesan Certificate in Religious Education.


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