Religious Education is a statutory part of the school curriculum in England and Wales and is studied by all pupils in school for one hour a week.
In Years 7-9 each child is taught in a mixed ability group and has a one hour lesson a week.
In Years 10 & 11 Religious Education is taught for one hour a week as a separate subject which can lead to accreditation.
All Religious Education follows the guidelines laid out by the Kirklees Agreed Syllabus and involves a study of the principal world faiths.
The year 7 programme involves a modular course which takes an investigative approach to study. Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism are the main areas of focus. General topics studied include justice and care of the environment.
In Year 8 pupils continue to study the modular This is RE course which focuses this year on Sikhism and Islam as well as Christianity. General areas of study include rules and civil rights.
The lower school course is completed in Year 9 with a study of science versus religion, suffering and Judaism.
All upper school pupils have the opportunity to study a GCSE short course in Religious Education. This follows the AQA Truth, Spirituality and Contemporary Issues course and explores current moral dilemmas. At the end of the two year course there is one exam of 1hour 45 minutes.
Homework, which should take approximately thirty minutes, is set once every two weeks for pupils in Years 7, 8 & 9. Year 10 & 11 pupils work on assignments throughout the year.